Till The Cows Come Home
Fuelled by dreams of a rural idyll, Lorna Sixsmith and her husband swap the 9 to 5 for a return to her family’s ancestral farm at Garrendenny.
They love the fields and lanes of their corner of Ireland where their black and white herd flourishes, the land where the patterns of their lives echo those of generations of Sixsmiths before them. But a rural existence isn’t a heaven on earth.
Bad weather, runaway bulls, temperamental farm machinery and cows that refuse to be milked can test anyone’s patience. But not for too long – the fields, the animals and the laughter always win out.
Warm, witty and wise, Lorna Sixsmith effortlessly mixes family memories, social history and her own hard-won insights into life on the land.
Published: 30th May 2018
Format: Hardback 198x129mm
Extent: 256 pages
Lorna Sixsmith is the fourth generation of Sixsmiths to farm at Garrendenny, Ireland. In 2002, Lorna swapped her Victorian townhouse in Salisbury, pensionable teaching job and good holidays to return to her Irish roots. Lorna now combines motherhood with two passions, farming and writing. Her books include Would You Marry a Farmer?, How to be a Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband. Lorna’s most tranquil moments are spent ambling behind a herd of black and white cows along the country lanes in and around her family farm.
‘Lorna Sixsmith lovingly gathers together the stories and lore of place, home and family. Then she shines and polishes them to create pure gold.’
Mairead Lavery, journalist with Irish Country Living and Farmers Journal
‘Lorna’s deep-rooted attachment to the land … is woven into every sentence of this wonderful tale of a farming life … I found myself smiling from first page to last. Just wonderful.’
Will Evans, host of Rock & Roll Farming podcast
‘Lorna Sixsmith intriguingly combines the roles of writer, historian, observer and participant in the unique way she captures so vividly the essence of daily life on her family farm for over a century.’
PJ Cunningham, author of The Lie of the Land