Over the holidays I had the luxury of spending time deep in the written word of some amazing authors.
While I read several great books, none excited or pulled me into their world more than Michelle Crawford in ‘A Table in the Orchard’.
To put it simply, Michelle’s book is intoxicating.
It is a real life and emotive account of her family’s move to country Tassie 11 years ago. Within its pages she brings to life the intense beauty and serenity that Tasmania exudes and the rich life we can create for ourselves, if we simply dare to leave the hustle and bustle and seek out simplicity.
As you immerse yourself in her world it is with joy and ease that we uncover the life she has created for family. We read about their trials of finding and making a family home, to foraging local produce and growing a plentiful organic garden dictated by the seasons.
Of course, Tasmania in itself is something of a dreamland which makes the story all the more beautiful. One trip to this serene isle and it’s hard not to be drawn in to its warmth and grounding allure. A Table in the Orchard is like a visit to Tassie, full of wonder and joys that continuously surprise and delight you.
While lost in her pages it’s hard not to fall asleep dreaming of a country life complete with fresh apples, plums and pumpkins, happy children (and chickens) and a beautiful rustic farmhouse warm and cosy as the autumn fog rolls in over the surrounding mountains.
A Table in the Orchard is like poetry. Poetry you just can’t put down.
The thing that stands out to me the most is the life she and her husband Leo have created for their little tribe. It’s rich with freedom, love, and a deep connection and enjoyment for nature and the world in which we live.
The book is full of beautiful moments that make you stop and consider what lies ahead. It reaffirms the incredible moments that exist everyday when we simply allow ourselves to be truly present.
Other than making me desperately crave another trip to Tasmania, it has made me consider what we want for our family. With Aaron calling the Northern Rivers home, perhaps a farm of our own one day in the hinterlands of Byron might be on the cards. Hey, a girl can only dream.
So, as the title of this post suggests – if you read one book this year, make it this one. It’s only then you’ll realise how special it really is.
Pic courtesy of Michelle’s instagram @hugoandelsa you can also check her out at her blog http://www.hugoandelsa.com