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Middle-aged Spread

Moving to the Country at 50

Book - 2009
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Moving to the country. Embracing a simpler, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Growing your own food. Making do with less. These are familiar fantasies for city dwellers, especially in the wake of a worldwide financial meltdown. But what really happens when you quit the relative ease of urban living for a dirt road in the middle of nowhere? Sonia Day reveals all in this humorous memoir. After stumbling across an old house in the country one humid July day, she fell under its strange spell. She and her spouse sold up, said goodbye to the city and embraced a radically different world, miles from the nearest convenience store. They confronted the expected realities of country living, and many more unexpected ones (marijuana grow ops, firearms, and conniving squirrels, to name a few). It wasn't all the stuff of "back to the land" dreams, yet they persevered-with hilarious results.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781554701933
Branch Call Number: 819.8 D333m
Characteristics: 327 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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May 17, 2012

Well written, funny, and oh so accurate. An educated guess puts the 'fictional' town of Fernfield to be within 30 minutes drive of the actual town of Fergus, Ont, located about an hour north of Toronto.

If you grew up in the country, you'll recognize something on every page in this book. If you grew up in the city you'll assume that some storytelling license has been taken to exaggerate things, but if anything the author has understated reality to keep the urban reader engaged

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