A funny and affectionate chronicle of rural life from Dan Needles, creator of the Wingfield Farm series and winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Buy Now!
In 1988, Dan Needles and his wife left the city to start a family on a forty-acre farm two hours north of Toronto, where they raised sheep, cattle, chickens, pigs and, eventually, four children. In essays dated from 1997 to 2016, he chronicles his life on Larkspur Farm and draws us into the wider human community of the Back Settlement. Needles offers tips on the rural wave, how to interpret weather signs and the correct approach to a one-lane bridge. Here too is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a “borderline” collie and an odd duck named Ferdinand, as well as recollections of a rooster gone bad an escaped pig and the risk of giving a name to a Sunday dinner entrée.
With wit and insight, Needles shares the art of neighbouring in a place where truck boxes are built at just the right height for visiting and the sight of “a figure walking across your field is more of a reason to put the kettle on that to call the police.”
True Confessions from the Ninth Concession provides a wonderful escape for world-weary city dwellers – and affirmative reading for rural denizens – from Canada’s funniest farmer.
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