'Is it OK if we collect some of your poo?' I asked one of the owners when we arrived.
'You can't collect mine, but you can collect the horses',' he told me, straight-faced.
And so we got to shovellin'. It was cold out and the shit was hot and steaming, and filled with worms our chickens dined on each of the three times we returned home with a car-load.
I've never been a red roses kinda gal and I've never been one for posed photos in a nice frame up on the mantle from holidays gone by. But I would never have described shovelling shit as a romantic pastime until today either.
But boy was it! The cool air, the steaming dung, no-one in the field except my beloved and I, working hard side-by-side to move the fecund waste so it can turn our clay earth into rich soil to grow good food for our family.
Dinner and movie? Chocolates in the shape of a heart? Give me a shovel, my man and a pile of shit any day.