Apple Island Wife
What happens when you move to Tasmania on a hunch, with a husband who aspires to be an alpaca whisperer and a feral cockerel?
Join Fiona Stocker as she leaves everything behind and moves onto five acres halfway up Tasmania’s idyllic Tamar Valley, an hour away from the nearest department store and anything else that was familiar. As they gradually settle in they experiment with rural living: Could they turn livestock into cuisine? When Vlad the cockerel went feral, could they cook him for dinner or did he have rigor mortis?
Gradually Tasmania got under their skin and rewrote their sense of home, it became the scent of peppermint gums after rain, the bite of the wind when snow lay on the Midlands, the whisper of dry grasses in the paddocks under the heat of the summer sun. This book is about leaving the city and learning to live the good life, work, play and face everything that life throws at you together, and depending upon each other even when you’d rather not.
- An armchair travel book that transports you to Tasmania and a new way of life
- This unexpected tale of family life manages to be both hilarious and poignant