Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn

Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn

by Catherine Friend
Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn

Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn

by Catherine Friend


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Farms have fences. People have boundaries. Mine began crumbling the day I knelt behind a male sheep, reached between his legs, and squeezed his testicles. This took place one blustery November day when I joined other shepherd-wannabees for a class on the basics of raising sheep. I was there with my partner Melissa, the woman I'd lived with for twelve years, because we were going to start a farm . When self-confessed "urban bookworm" Catherine Friend's partner of twelve years decides she wants to fulfill her lifelong dream of owning a farm, Catherine agrees. What ensues is a crash course in both living off and with the land that ultimately allows Catherine to help fulfill Melissa's dreams while not losing sight of her own. Hit by a Farm is a hilarious recounting of Catherine and Melissa's trials of "getting back to the land." It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say "goodbye city life" — and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and yes, sheep sex.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569242988
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Catherine Friend is the author of Hit by a Farm and The Compassionate Carnivore, as well as several children's books and novels. She farms in Minnesota with her partner of twenty-eight years.

Table of Contents

Part 1Romancing the farm1
Touching Testicles3
Hooked on Romance7
Goodbye, City Life12
Baby on Our Doorstep18
Wild Hairs23
Even My Bra Was More Supportive30
A Paper Farm34
Shepherds at Last42
Wild Woolies46
Can't Fit into My Grandma's Genes51
Chicken Run54
Menage a Trois58
A Grape Disaster60
Read the Directions, Dummy64
A Shocking Story68
To Market, to Market72
Finding Our Way in the Dark82
Chicken Sex86
At Long Last, Sheep Sex88
Part 2Hit by a farm95
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?97
Dancing with Goats in the Moonlight101
Time to Take It Off (The Wool, That Is)103
In the Bedroom108
Ready or Not, Here They Come111
The First Bad Day115
Ear Tags and Little Rubber Bands117
Another Bad Day, but Who's Counting?120
Searching for Placenta by Moonlight125
High Anxiety128
Having Fun Yet?132
Lying through My Teeth137
Serge and Sonny141
Let's Just Forget This Ever Happened145
Meeting My Meat148
Sexing Brenda154
Lambing: The Dreaded Sequel157
The Goat Queen161
Drowning in Dreams164
Coyotes and Paper Plates168
The Sixteen-inch Llama173
The Only Good Goose Is a Dead Goose177
If It's in a Book, It Must Be True181
Mermaid Dreams185
Ducks and Tattoos189
Small Losses192
Lesbians and Straight Lines195
Nature's Sentimental Journey198
Part 3The tattoo of transformation, sort of...203
More Loss205
I Build a Fence217
Ruby Jumps Over the Fence223
Back in the Saddle Again228
Epilogue: Still Crazy After All These Years234
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