- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Whitethorn Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981607705
- ISBN-13: 978-0981607702
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little Farm in the Foothills: A Boomer Couple's Search for the Slow Life Paperback – May 1, 2009
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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. --Jan Walsh, Washington State Librarian
…It's the story, in memoir form, of a couple's commitment to their 'starter homestead,' a ten-acre former clear-cut in the western foothills of the Cascades. Author Susan Colleen Browne and her husband, John, relate their tale of migration from the overdeveloped suburbs of Bellingham to a place they could raise their own food, start a small orchard, and generally live what they thought would be the slow life of boomers at the cusp of retirement. Along the way, they discover that what they want is not always what may be best for them… --BackHome Magazine
Describing their yearning for a return to nature and a slower-paced lifestyle in this memoir, author Susan Browne and her retired policeman-husband trace the origins of this sentiment in a deeply personal story. Raised in a city, she longed for 'outdoor space'…the story of the complications that went with this search for a rural site to homestead reveals the hopes and foibles of a couple in pursuit of the Great American dream. --Current Books on Gardening and Botany
About the Author
Susan Colleen Browne is a graduate of Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University. A community college creative writing instructor and novelist, Susan is the creator of the Village of Ballydara series, set in Ireland. Susan lives with her husband John at Berryridge Farm in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest. When Susan isn’t digging compost, weeding veggie beds, or wrangling hens, she’s working on her next Village of Ballydara story! You can contact Susan at www.susancolleenbrowne.com. You’ll also find recipes and tales from Berryridge Farm at www.littlefarminthefoothills.blogspot.com
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Top Customer Reviews
We live in the country on forty acres but are actually only three miles from a town of 2500 where there is a small hospital with an emergency room. Another blessing is that our driveway is flat so it would not be difficult for a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to our house.
This reads like a cautionary tale of "how not to move 'out'" to me.Don't even get me started on their lack of plant skills. I read the review where she complained that there was no barn or animals in this story...thank goodness, for the animals sake!
Once they got started, I realized very quickly that I was glad they were going through this experience and not me. They were so terribly isolated, even to the point of it being dangerous. The danger ranged from inaccessible roads, horrible weather with less than adequate heating & water, and bears.
My conclusion was, this was educational for me. I now know that I would not want to be out there alone. It was worth reading.
However, it appears that the authors are made out of strong stuff as they are going to hang in there in spite of not being young anymore (they are retirement age) and it is interesting to follow along as the author sheds her fear of mice, of germs and the other luxuries of city living. Any city folk dreaming of living in the country should definitely read this book before committing.