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The author recounts her CPA husband's decision to leave the business he is in and move from Germany to Ireland shortly after the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Living in Europe during this time brought about a greener, more organic lifestyle for many Germans and the author became involved in that movement. She had some practice with this type of lifestyle while living in suburban Germany, but nothing that could prepare her for the trials and tribulations that she and her family would encounter and endure throughout the years of organic farming in Ireland.
From hosting snooty guests (who were once friends in Germany) on her new Irish farm to dealing with the culture shock of the other Irish farmers, the author vividly and at times, humorously depicts the lessons learned from the trial and error of raising farm animals to living in a country that is very foreign compared to her German homeland.
I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir as it is similar to my own transition from "I.T. Geek to Farm Girl Freak". Thankfully, I only moved from the Pacific coast of the United States to the East Coast and did not have to learn a completely new language when moving to the rural countryside of northern Florida.
I applaud the author for her tenacity and perseverance in dealing with the ups and downs in her lifestyle change in Ireland as well as her eventual divorce from her husband after so much time and effort was invested in that relationship, the farm and the Irish beef business.
Would recommend this memoir to those who love a farming, country, rural theme and an honest look at what it takes to live on a farm.
Written in a direct conversational tone, I Once Had a Farm in Ireland, this is an enlightening account of their learning experience, with all its challenges and surprises. Searching to buy a house, they met a caretaker who refused to show them the interior, why? Because it had a ghost. Which, strangely enough, inspired an idea to use its presence as a tourist attraction: ‘Have a glass of champagne at midnight with our resident ghost!’
As an armchair farmer I enjoyed reading about agricultural challenges. “The Irish weather changes rapidly, not just in spring, which officially starts on 1 February. Sometimes you have four seasons in one day ... well, at least three, maybe not the snow.” But let me make sure you understand: this book is about a lot more than learning about organic farms. Follow Siggy as she tried to cope with a major transition in life, which is accompanied by longing and by constant comparisons to the culture back home. "What I missed most were German Christmas markets. Often situated in the old marketplace of each town, within historic city walls or other pedestrianized areas, advent markets invite you to stroll around, socialize, shop, and eat."
This book was sent to me gratis for an unbiased review.
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