Berkeley to the Barnyard – A Far Cry From Home


This is an artist’s story of stepping into the past, living on an isolated northern farm, far from home. It is the tale of one woman who learned to face the challenges of living on her mountain farm with patience and good-natured humour. Over time, she learned also to care for the sheep and other animals, and to appreciate the beauty in her extreme environment.

The story is told in both words and pictures, speaking to the heart, an illustrated adult storybook infused with a gentle but triumphant spirit.


Helen sees and appreciates the world through the eyes of an artist, captivating the reader with her love and understanding of wilderness, filling the senses with beautiful images of nature.

Jacqueline Baldwin
Threadbare Like Lace (Caitlin Press, 1997)
A Northern Woman (Caitlin Press, 2003)

There is much to love in this book, but of them all, I like best Helen’s wonderful and rare sense of humour. She laughs not just at the amazing and bewildering situations in which she finds herself, but herself as well.

Sharon Butala
The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature (HarperCollins, 1994)

Additional information

Dimensions 23 × 15.5 × 1.5 cm

Soft cover with fold out front and back flaps




In Canada by Tudor House Press


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