ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: April 12, 2018
Till the Cows Come Home: Memories of a Rural Childhood
By (author) Lorna Sixsmith
With their newborn baby, Lorna Sixsmith and her husband Brian James swapped their public service careers in the UK for the love of cows beneath Slievemargy’s Brow. Lorna’s grandfather George had inherited Garrendenny’s “shrubby wood, bog and decayed timber”. One of nine children, Lorna’s father Joe devoted his life to modernising and improving the farm. Now Lorna’s children play in the same fields. Recounted with Lorna’s trademark wit, through these touching, heart-warming and often amusing stories of Joe’s s childhood in the 1940s, Lorna’s of the 1970s and now her own children’s, we share this journey down memory lane to glimpse rural life down the generations. Whether it was being on the back of a tractor to deliver milk, foraging for blackberries or bumping along grassy tracks atop quivering loads of straw, the long days of summer were filled with adventure. Townie cousins came to stay, hay fields were obstacle courses, superstitions and country cures abounded, and weather was the main topic of conversation. Each generation is different, but some aspects of rural life don’t change. There are the highs and lows of farming, when you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but laughter, as Lorna finds, is always the best medicine.
Lorna Sixsmith is the fourth generation to farm at Garrendenny. 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. She has published three books: Would You Marry a Farmer?, How to be a Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband. Her most tranquil moments are spent ambling behind their cows along their country lane.