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Back in July we wrote about farmer’s wife Lorna Sixsmith who was looking for funding to publish her book entitled ‘Would You Marry A Farmer?’, which was inspired by the success of her humorous blog post ‘Advice to those considering marrying farmers – 9 Tips’. We are pleased to announce that Irish Farmerette Lorna did achieve her target and that the book is now available to buy online.
Lorna has kindly given us a copy of the book to give to one lucky Muddy Matches member and you’ll even find a paragraph about Muddy Matches in the book!
About the Book
We were fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of the book as part of Irish Farmerette’s virtual book tour and have been engrossed ever since.
Without giving anything away; if you’re looking for a fluffy romcom with bunnies, breeches and a Mr Darcy type waiting around the next corner you’ve come to the wrong place. What you get with ‘Would You Marry A Farmer?’ is a genuine, funny and warm insight about what it’s like to be an Irish farmer as well as an eye-opening view of what it’s like to be married to an Irish farmer. In fact you get the whole journey from how to interpret a personal ad written by a farmer, through to how to spot a mammy’s boy, what each type of farmer does for living and what it’s like to move from a large town to a rural farming community.
So if you’re looking for a Christmas treat for someone who’s farming obsessed, a single friend looking for love or a partner who thinks that an annual holiday is just what city folks take, this is the perfect present for them.
How to Win a Copy
For your chance to win, just email us with your member ID and your funniest agricultural joke. The joke doesn’t have to be original, it just has to make us laugh or groan.
To enter you will need to be a member of Muddy Matches, if you are not currently a member please sign up for free. Only one prize will be awarded.
Entries must be received by Monday 6th January 2013 and the winner will be announced on the news page.
The Book Tour
Check out the Irish American Mom’s blog tomorrow for the next stage in the book tour.
It’s not every day that you’ll find us writing about a new TV programme, but when Channel 4 announced that they were going to air a reality TV series called First Time Farmers we were pretty excited to see what they’d come up with.
The first episode of the show (broadcast on Fridays at 8pm) was well received by viewers, with 1.3 million people tuning in to see what the show had to offer, which is more than the first episode of the 2009 series of Farmer Wants a Wife received.
With three rather attractive first-time farmers on the first show there was also a lot of interest in farmer dating; so much so that Muddy Matches saw a 15% increase in traffic over the weekend and a rush of people were directed to the website by searching for ‘date a farmer’.
If you’re looking to date a farmer, or if you are a farmer yourself and looking for a partner, join Muddy Matches for free today to have a look around. Don’t worry gentlemen; there are female farmers in future episodes too and we have a lot of women who work as farmers on our website too.
Join the discussion on Facebook to tell us what you thought of the show.
Talk Back Thames are looking for single farmers to take part in a show that will document and help you in your seach for a life partner.
They say they will set you up on great dates with fantastic women who hope to win your heart and share your life in the country. Rather than just being a dating show, they would like to tell your story and educate people about the farming world.
If you work in the farming industry, are not afraid of the camera and think this is an exciting way to hopefully meet that special someone – please get in touch with Rebecca Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org and send her a link to your Muddy Matches profile.
We popped into hundreds of farm shops on our travels, ranging from lean-to sheds to supermarket-style food emporiums, so we were really pleased to add a proper family-run farm shop visit to our itinerary in the last week of our Marathon.
Dinah and Richard Blagg opened Arrow Farm Shop on their farm near Worksop in 1991, but they have been selling their home-grown potatoes direct to the public for a lot longer than that. Encouraged by their success with the potatoes, they decided to convert an empty potato store into a shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Over time, this has continued to grow and they have started to sell eggs, preserves, pickles and hand-baked biscuits and cakes, as well as opening up a butchery department and a delicatessen counter. Their potatoes, however, are still a huge draw for customers and they sell about 350 tonnes through the shop a year. Apparently they sell about 20 tonnes in Christmas week alone!
What’s nice about it, is that it is still very much a working family farm and, despite its impressive growth, the shop still has that family feel to it. Much of the meat they sell is from a local relative’s farm and, if they can’t produce it themselves, wherever possible they try to source their products from neighbouring farmers and local producers.
Some farm shops get so big, adding a novelty gift section here and a clothing line there, that they begin to feel like just another retail outlet and seem very far removed from farming. Whilst the Blaggs have lots of plans for the future, they know that farming and the local community are central to their success and are keen to keep it that way.
Arrow Farm, Steetley, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3DZ
Open 7 days a week.
We had a great night at the speed dating evening at Harper Adams. There were around fifty people keen to get involved, ranging from freshers to fourth-year students, and some veeeery positive answers on the cards they had to fill out about the people they chatted to. We’re convinced that some of them will be meeting up again in more private surroundings!
Everyone deep in conversation
You know what they say about play fighting!
Never wanting to be outdone by Cirencester, where we had been a few weeks before, they insisted that we park up the motorhome in front of their main building and take a picture.