‘Lovely, warm and real, it made me cry and cook and think. A beautiful book.’ Ella Risbridger
The Farmer’s Wife is a portrait of life at Helen Rebanks’ Lake District farmhouse that beautifully captures the often unsung work of keeping a home and raising a family. As dawn breaks on the farm, Helen Rebanks makes a mug of tea, relishing the few minutes of quiet before the house stirs. Within the hour the sounds of her husband, James Rebanks, and their four children will fill the kitchen. There are also six sheepdogs, two ponies, 20 chickens, 50 cattle and 500 sheep to care for. Helen is a farmer’s wife.
From steering the family through extreme weather to yet another delivery man assuming he needs to speak to the ‘man of the house’, Helen Rebanks would rather punch a cushion than plump it. In this beautifully illustrated memoir, Helen shares, across one day at the farm, the events that have shaped her while also making us think about where our food comes from. The Farmer’s Wife is full of recipes, lists and gentle wisdom helps us to get through our days, whatever they throw at us.