I think the reason I enjoy reading about farm life so much is because it's something I could never do. It's not the hard work, it's not even the early mornings (although i don't love those), it's the rats and the snakes and the mice and I'm sure there are spiders :) Yesterday I went to weed the front garden and there was a really big worm and it scared me a little, in my defense it was a really really big worm and it only scared me a little!
None the less I still feel the pull of farm life,
Sometimes I take the long way home and drive through farm country, thinking about how nice it would be to have a big giant farm with chickens, and goats, and maybe a piglet or two! But in the clear light of day I think that I'm more suited to a little urban homestead (maybe with chickens someday).
The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball is everything I LOVE about the idea of having a big working farm, and everything that reminds me why I can't have a working farm. Things like rats in the barn, rats in the wall, anything to do with rats :) oh and a little thing called blood sausage, I know I shouldn't be surprised at what's in blood sausage, because it says it right in the name but wow!
I couldn't put this book down, I read it in two days and LOVED it. I cried almost as much as I laughed. It's a grab some tissues, grab your dog and hunker down for a weekend kinda book!
I hope you'll give it a read and let me know what you thought of it! Disclaimer: it's very in depth, you get a real up close look at farm life, the good, the bad, the ugly, the gory, the sad and the beautiful! I LOVED it and I think you will too!