This is the true story of a Londoner who gives up his job as an estate agent in the city, moves to the wilds of Exmoor, starts a smallholding and becomes self-sufficient, with a few bumps along the way.
Simon's journey from urbanite to self-sufficient smallholder is brimming with incidents - some funny and some tragic - leading him to question Mother Nature, himself, the food he eats and his role in it all. Which makes the transition from city life to self-sufficient smallholder slow, emotional and, for him, often confusing, but it is also beautiful, warming and laugh-out-loud funny.
So if you would like to spend time with an accidental smallholder who completely changed one drunken night in Devon, then join Simon, his wife and their extended family as they learn the truth of what it takes to live a self-sufficient life before eventually becoming as happy as the proverbial pigs in clover.
©2015 Simon Dawson (P)2015 Soundings
I enjoyed being part of their world without having to take the plunge myself. The warts and all approach of the author gives all of us practically challenged potential off gridders some hope!
I loved the bit with the lamb in the hallway. I had to stop the car for safety reasons as I was laughing so much.
I enjoyed his bright style of delivery and his timing.
Any of the moments where the animals were struggling especially the moment with his horse Bobby
Just downloaded the next instalment so looking forward to getting back on the land.
It's definitely up near the top; a warm story, a great narrator
I think the sad ones stick with me as there's much hilarity that carries the whole way through but the lows are brought home and contrast against the constant happiness brought on by the author's relationship with the pigs.
I think that the narrator has a great talent for bringing the warmth and humour to life and really made the book for me.
The first time the pigs are taken off for slaughter; I definitely understood why but felt the tension in the decision
Story of moving from a busy life in London to eventually becoming self sufficient on a farm in Devon.
The book was interesting , humorous and easy to listen to.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is the best audible book I have listened to in a while . The story and narration were so enjoyable often listened to it whilst walking and would literally laugh out loud. Totally recommend it to anyone. Wish there was a part 2!
loved this. good narration and humorous, well worth a listen. will check out the next book.
a humourous account of the challenges of giving up city life and becoming a smallholder. don't expect to learn technical details of how to do so. enjoyable light-hearted listen
Didn't want to stop listening! Laugh out loud hilarious! This book Could not have had a better narrator.
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