Here's a lovely book to get someone for Christmas.
Back to the Land, by Lynda Hallinan (editor of NZ Gardener and Homegrown magazines), follows Lynda's activities on her Hunua lifestyle block over the course of a year.
It's set out like a humourously revealing daily diary and divided into four sections - winter, spring, summer and autumn.
I absolutely flew through this book. Lynda is so witty and the pictures of her gardens so gorgeous, I laughed and sighed in equal measures.
Highlights of the book for me
- When Lynda admits she would rather garden than clean - and that her house is not particularly clean. Hurray! A woman who openly admits she doesn't do it all.
- The name of her dog - Mr Puppy Doo-hawg. Had me giggling every time I read it. I was already in a giggly mood from the rest of Lynda's witty writing, so Mr Puppy Doo-hawg sent me over the top.
- All the gorgeous photos taken by Sally Tagg and Lynda herself. Back to the Land is overflowing with them, influenced I'm guessing by Lynda's years as a magazine editor. Photos include her amazing flowers, vegetables, family, chooks, cows, dogs and more.
- Recipes! So many of them and all based on things Lynda grew, raised or foraged herself. She's got me thinking about what drinks I could brew at home now.
This book is exactly the type of thing I would normally read during Christmas holidays at the beach. It's both relaxing and inspiring at the same time.
I already own Back to the Land thanks to the fabulous people at Penguin, but if I didn't, it would be on my Christmas wish-list. All I can do now is hope it makes it onto your Christmas wish-list.