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

$27.99

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

$27.99

‘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.

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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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