With all the cleaning, packing, and general-getting-ready for our upcoming move to Jamberoo, I haven’t had much time to post anything here on Green-Change. Sorry about that!
To keep things ticking over a bit in my virtual absence, I’ll do a few giveaways over coming weeks. The first one is the book “Choosing Eden”, by Adrienne Langman.
From the back cover:
“Our friends thought we had taken leave of our senses. Larry and I had traded Florsheim wingtips and Manolo Blahnik sandals for muddy steel-capped work boots. We had given up brioches and cappuccinos in favour of homemade bread and jam. In our fifties, we took on the heavy manual labour of farming that would have better suited us in our twenties, and our plan was to become as self-sufficient as possible.”
When global oil reserves run dry, the price of food, fuel and other everyday necessities will skyrocket out of the reach of ordinary people. An energy crisis is coming, and it will change the world we know forever.
Adrienne and Larry are an average middle-aged couple who have left their children and grandchildren, their friends, their jobs and a comfortable home in Sydney and set themselves up on a twelve-acre block in Nana Glen in northern New South Wales. They aren’t chasing a whimsical dream or planning an idyllic retirement. Their goal is to establish a fully self-sustaining food farm, as quickly as possible, that will provide for them and their family in the uncertain years ahead.
CHOOSING EDEN is Adrienne’s inspiring first-hand account of their efforts to learn how to get back to basics and live off the land. It’s a fascinating story told with warmth and humour, but it has an urgent message: we need to make changes in our lives, and the sooner we act the better.
About the author:
Adrienne Langman started her working life as a nurse and then changed careers, becoming an executive recruiter and trainer. She ran her own companies and was a consultant to many others during a highly successful 30-year corporate career. Adrienne is the author of ON YOUR OWN – MONEY MANAGEMENT FOR THE SINGLE PARENT and raised three children as a single parent before marrying Larry in the early 1990s. Adrienne and Larry now live on a farm in Nana Glen, NSW, where they have dedicated themselves to learning about and creating self-sustainability.
For those in the Kiama municipality, this book is available from Kiama Library.
If you’d like a chance to win this book, simply leave a comment below. Make sure you leave your email address in the appropriate field so I can contact you (it won’t appear anywhere on the blog – only I will be able to see it). The winner will be chosen randomly from all comments left before midnight on 21 October 2009. I will cover postage within Australia – overseas readers are welcome to enter if you’re willing to chip in for postage if you win.
Update: Sorry I was a bit late in drawing the prize, but I’ve done it now. I used Random.org to randomly select a commenter. It came out to 12, which means Jasmine is the lucky winner! Congratulations Jaz, I’ll email you to get your details.