This weekend, I’m helping out my friend Sue who is traveling. Cat and I are taking care of her animals on her farm.
It’s a lot like being Amish because she has horses, chickens, lots of cats, and a goat and cow.
Sue has a routine. Routines are good. Unfortunately I’m not a routine person so it’s hard for me to remember everything in order.
First, feed the cats. Some get fed in the front of the house, others in the side area.
Next, it’s the chickens. Big ones first then the little fellas. I’m supposed to collect eggs but someone wasn’t participating and sat on the nest instead.
The horses get fed in a certain way. Two don’t get bread. The others do. And Lucee the cow gets four slices.
With two people doing it, it didn’t take long. Of course, I don’t have to milk the cow. That would’ve made me feel bona fide Amish.
All of these experiences add to my arsenal of information that I can add to my Amish novels so that I can provide an accurate experience for my readers.
For example, I never realized that cows will come when you call them. Did you know that? Or that they can head butt you. 😬 But they don’t step on your feet like horses do. Ha ha. Good thing, too. They have BIG feet.
I love farm life. I always wanted to live on a farm. Maybe that’s another reason I love the Amish life so much.
Unfortunately, many Amish are not farmers anymore. A lot of them work for regular English people. To me, that’s just not as romantic as the characters living in a farm.
In Hills of Wheat, my novel hitting Walmart in a few days, my main character dies have a farm. But he’s mostly into raising horses. I count that in the romantic side. Of course I’m biased because we have 100+ horses, although only 13 or so here in Florida. The rest are in New Jersey at our two farms there.
It makes me realize that, for most of us, when we think of Amish, farms are usually in the visual. And I’m very blessed to have all of these experiences to add to my novels to add a real authentic story for all of you, my dear readers!
Hugs and blessings,
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.