A farmyard full of animals, thousands of tourists in the garden, a hundred backpackers in the house, millions of bees in the air – and one family. What could possibly go wrong?
When Anna and Andrew move their young family to a farm, the future is uncertain. All they know is what they feel – a desire to become contributors, not consumers. City folk, they are starting from scratch ‘not knowing how to make anything, grow anything, fix anything or really do anything’.
Ten years on, and the 90-acre farm transforms from a bland grass paddock to something that is energetic, vibrant, ethical and beautiful. The farm becomes home to honey and native bees and a multitude of plant and animal species; it lures thousands of visitors all seeking a slice of idyllic farm life to enrich their souls and, sometimes, their social media feeds. Meanwhile, Anna feeds her own soul, becoming a passionate producer of honey, herbs, handmade medicinal balms and other farm-made goods, recipes for which are included in this book.
It’s called ‘living the dream’, but is it? Discover more about the ‘good life’ and enjoy a good laugh from this entertaining, engrossing book in which author Anna Featherstone lays bare what it’s like to follow your dreams and to find success, failure and finally understanding along the way.
“A charming but realistic look at the modern farming life. Featherstone has an ear for striking and funny turns of phrase…” – Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Writer. Wonderer. Wanderer. Anna follows her curiosity wherever it leads, capturing insights wherever and however she lands.
An adventure where you can feel the love of the earth, the fountain of ideas, the successes and the failures all in the alluring environment in Australia. The author is engaging and makes me want to move in and help while appreciating and enjoying her infectious energy and her powerful story telling. If you like memoir and experiencing people pursuing dreams, starting from innocence and growing knowledge, experience and self acceptance along the way, you will enjoy the earthy, sensitive, and at times hilarious, scenes in this memoir. I loved the descriptions, learning about so many plants and bees all in the backdrop of the scenes of visitors, animal adventures and the energy and enthusiasm of the author. The only thing missing was hearing her tell it in an Australian accent that I find so charming. The “Life’s Bull” chapter made me laugh so hard the tears rolled down my face. Some talks about the ‘Birds and the Bees’ will be needed for young readers on this one.
- Title: Honey Farm Dreaming: A Memoir about Sustainability, Small Farming and the Not-So Simple Life
- Autor: Anna Featherstone
- Publisher (Publication Date): CapeAble Publishing (March 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0980747546
- ISBN-13: | 978-0980747546
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