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A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears by Georgie Brooks

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A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears by Georgie Brooks

$27.99 $23.79

Author Georgie Brooks introduces her new release…

‘After suffering through another 40+ degree day in Adelaide, a simple line drawing of an old cottage in the real-estate section of the paper catches my eye. The cottage is in the Adelaide Hills on about twenty acres of land, with mature trees, a creek and a spring. It sounds much, much cooler than our current house. My husband gets in the car and drives to the address of the advertised cottage. He phones me 30 minutes later.  ‘It is 19 glorious degrees Celsius,’ he announces. ‘I can hear the frogs croaking and birds singing.’  I am filled with envy.  I get him to drive home to mind the children so I can have my turn up in the Hills. When I arrive, the valley is encircled by dark hills, with a starry blanket over the top.  A cool breeze rustles the leaves on the oak leaves. It smells of hay and honeysuckle and I think there will be dew on the lawn in the morning.  I am besotted.’

After buying an old cottage in the Adelaide Hills, Georgie and her young family are transfixed with dreams of becoming hobby farmers, tending chooks, sitting by log fires, growing their own veggies and generally immersing themselves in the joys of nature. However, a stubborn cow named Ginger, acres of mud, a feral crop of artichokes, the coldest winter of the decade and a husband whose job means he is away from home most of the week but leaves him time to repeatedly bog the tractor on the weekends does not make their introduction to rural living ideal. Surely things can only get better from here … ?

For anyone who has either made the escape from city living or dreams of doing so,  A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears is an entertaining and humorous story about a tree change with more than a rocky start.

Georgie Brooks with a reading from her book A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears

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Jeanette Frost
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Brilliant, laugh out loud book!
Shirley Evans
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Wow 😮 I read the book absolutely loved it .... so relaxing reading it sitting in my rambling garden whilst the sun shines and the birds chirp . I got right into it . I could feel the country living , smell the bush and animals . Feel the cold and the heat . My imagination ran away with me . Thank you Georgie for a delightful read .. it took me into a lovely world 👍
Chris Hazel
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I’m savouring this book because it’s well written and the author is very likeable. Thank you also to the publisher who saw my post about having trouble ordering one and arranged postage, etc. It arrived promptly in a nice calico bag.
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A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears by Georgie Brooks

A laugh-out-loud account of a young family’s misplaced confidence in themselves to become hobby farmers in rural Adelaide Hills, where their fantasies about life in the country are progressively destroyed and their almost total ignorance about everything agricultural is revealed…

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2 reviews for A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears by Georgie Brooks

  1. BadApplePress

    “Sea change, tree change, downsize change all have immense appeal at some time or other in just about everyone’s life; But not many take up the challenge and embrace the change.
    So, when Georgie Brooks and her husband had enough of sweltering through another hot Adelaide summer down on the ‘ plains’, the cheek by jowl living of life in suburbia, when neighbours often shared far more than they ever really wanted to know, the temptation to relocate to the cooler Adelaide Hills proved very tempting indeed.
    This is their story of the first year as newbies living the dream, coming to terms with the reality rather than the image and how, with a husband who is a Doctor at a major Adelaide hospital, a baby and toddler, Georgie Brooks managed to somehow begin to live the dream of mud, toast, tears with the addition of a mischievous cow called Ginger; their first mistake was naming the cows!
    Written with very wry sense of humour, A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears, is a very honest look at what really can and does happen, when a couple of ‘city types’ decide to fall in love with a lovely, picturesque cottage in the Hills, finagling their way into purchasing the property, only to find that along with it being more than 100 years old, it is also the house, and sewage, and electrical, and plumbing systems that ‘Jack’ built.
    Each month is filled with the new experiences discovered on an almost a daily basis, many of them costing money to solve, but many simply learning to manage what, in the magazines and the dreams, looks like the perfect solution to so many things – a Hills change.
    Having a few chickens was terrific, until the Fox broke in one night, leaving only feathers behind; Georgie was in tears the toddler and baby took this disaster in their stride. The cows, fourteen in number bought with the farm, all received names, which was a natural thing to do: unbeknown to them, cows then become pets and unable to be utilised for any other purpose.
    Winter that year saw a record amount of rain falling in the Adelaide Hills: along with the rain came more mud, intense cold, frequent power failures and the steep driveway washing away, making access to and from the house very difficult. A serious dose of winter ‘blues’ set in; not for the first time did Georgie begin to wonder if making a Hills change, was the right thing to have done with such a young family.
    November sees a rant at another aspect of life in the Hills, The MAMIL; a strange lycra clad beastie that appears when the weather clears, believing that they have the absolute right of way at all times on the treacherous, narrow, winding Hills roads! – I totally relate!
    The high points of peace, tranquillity, a glistening night sky, a glass of wine on the veranda in the dusk of the evening and so much more, like making friends with the neighbour, with a ‘real’ tractor, whom cheerfully helped pull her husband and their ‘small’ tractor, out of the mud on one than more occasion in the one day and several times after, all added up to a huge plus as the end of the first year fast approached.
    A Year in the Mud and the Toast and the Tears should be classified as a handbook for everyone, young or old, considering a making a “Tree’ change in their lives and just what that can, and could and does mean, as the days and months roll on as a dream is lived, a new lifestyle adapted and a steep learning curve are undertaken.
    A funny, wry and very, very real look at becoming almost semi- rural!”

    Review by Janet Mawdesely for BLUE WOLF REVIEWS

  2. BadApplePress

    ‘This is the perfect tonic for these trying times. There are many genuine laugh out loud moments and situations that I could identify with… This read is the perfect pick me up, the laugh you need right now. Thanks Georgie for sharing your warts and all tree change story’. Carol Seeley Reading, writing and Riesling

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