A Washington State Library “Summer Reads” book selection“The Browne’s foray into slower living in Whatcom County is an enjoyable read. Their delightful, yet very real, experiences in making the big leap toward their dreams make for a humorous and charming book.” —Washington State Librarian Jan Walsh“A delightful account.” The Bellingham HeraldDo you dream about life in theA Washington State Library “Summer Reads” book selection“The Browne’s foray into slower living in Whatcom County is an enjoyable read. Their delightful, yet very real, experiences in making the big leap toward their dreams make for a humorous and charming book.” —Washington State Librarian Jan Walsh“A delightful account.” The Bellingham HeraldDo you dream about life in the country? When two Boomers flee the city for a slower, simpler, and more serene lifestyle, they discover that simplicity can get awfully complicated...and life becomes anything but serene. In this wise, yet lighthearted story for gardeners, nature-lovers, and dreamers of all ages, follow Susan and John's midlife pursuit of the new Great American Dream living closer to the land as they start growing their own food, living locally, and transforming an old clearcut into a little homestead.When Susan and her husband John first came up with the idea of having a country place, they were settled into a comfortable and convenient home in the city, happily raising some vegetables and berries in the back yard. Being experienced gardeners, they figured that relocating would be no big deal—they’d expand the garden a little, have a bit more peace and quiet. So they bought 10 acres in the middle of the woods and prepared to pretty much transfer that comfortable town life to the new property. But this modest plan becomes an adventure that is more life-changing than they could have ever imagined.There was so much to this new life they never faced before—breaking ground by hand and wildlife predation of their first crops. Despite a tight budget and many roadblocks along the way, they must also cope with unexpected adversity like isolation, infrastructure failures, and extreme weather.Little Farm in the Foothills is not a memoir about farming…it’s a warmhearted story of making a dream come true. As Susan writes of their Foothills home, “it’s not a farm, it’s not even a farmette, but it’s the dream of a farm.” In 2014, Little Farm was selected by the Everson, Washington Library as part of a special collection, the Nooksack Valley Heritage Center.More books by Susan Colleen BrowneThe Village of Ballydara SeriesThe Secret Well, short story ebookA Christmas Visitor, short story ebook and the sequel of The Secret Well It Only Takes Once, A Village of Ballydara Novel, Book 1 (print and ebook)Mother Love, A Village of Ballydara Novel, Book 2 (print and ebook)Children’s StoryMorgan Carey and the Curse of the Corpse Bride, a lighthearted Halloween story for middle-grade readers (ebook, coming soon in print!)...
|Title||:||Little Farm in the Foothills: A Boomer Couple's Search for the Slow Life|
|Number of Pages||:||214 Pages|
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Little Farm in the Foothills: A Boomer Couple's Search for the Slow Life Reviews
Absolutely loved this tale of boomers heading for the hills and making a new life in the country. So enjoyed the author's voice and sense of humor. A must-read for those who appreciate heart-felt memoirs. After reading, you may even begin dreaming about starting your own little farm!
As someone who thoroughly researches out everything that I decide to do, I find it slightly...off-putting that this couple would continue, time after time, to put themselves in difficulties (often life-threatening) simply because they never took the time to understand what they needed, and what the actual cost of everything was going to be. Who doesn't stock up on bottled water after the *first* time your electricity goes out, leaving you unable to draw water from your well and unable to leave your mountain? These folks didn't even do it after the second time! And their travails with their woodstove? I don't know what sort of stove they had, but I've heated my house solely with different varieties of woodstove all my life, and I've had NONE of the problems she says happen to 'everyone'.But the book *was* compulsively readable - if only to discover what problem they set themselves up for next!
This is a self-published book from a local gal who moves to a little farm with her husband, somewhere outside of Bellingham, Washington, I think (she doesn't name the specific locale, I guess so that we don't all move up there and urbanize the countryside!). Browne's writing has a straightforward and often humorous tone, and she had me smiling or even laughing in places. She does a nice job of warning us by example about the many things that can go wrong when you try to convert raw land into a livable hobby farm. For example, the well water can have a lot of weird sediment in it, or your well can go dry. I would recommend this book to readers who are considering their own escape from the city.
It's a good story about a couple who want to leave city life and move to the country. There goal is sustainable living - at least I think that's their goal, it wasn't that clear to me. What I liked about the story was that they were willing to share the difficulties such a decision brings. Our dreams are not without hardwork and disappointments, but the author is clear; our dreams are worth it. Also, it is a local county story for me, so knowing the area made the story that much more interesting.
With ties myself to nw Washington, I found this book memorable and personable. I appreciated all Susan and john experienced and shared in breaking new grounds, in life, in home, in family, and literally in dirt! This book will be shared with friends and family. Thank you for selecting me to win it on goodreads!
An entertaining book that I would recommend to anyone who is starting over in a new location or new life. I loved to hear about all the trials and tribulations that the Author and her husband went through to get settled in a new location and house. Very fun!!!
In your 50's & moving out to the land...a great account of how they did it. Very readable.