They say it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill. Well 60,000 hours since Todd and Jeff's tree change, they should have nailed country life, right? Sure, they've made great wine, built stunning villas and even learnt how to look after rescued farm animals - but how does anyone plan for the fury of Mother Nature?
Bushfires, drought, sick animals, failed crops, snakes, broken machinery, insurmountable debts, the unstoppable breeding of peafowl ...
Just when they think they're on top of things, they find another hurdle in their way. Despite fierce determination, a willingness to evolve and irrepressible humour, these boys find themselves down for the count. But they aren't ready to throw in the towel just yet ... are they?
If he's not kissing his pig or brushing his goats, you'll generally find Todd at the computer writing, on the mower thinking, in the kitchen experimenting or in the foetal position trying to solve his parents' latest technological drama. Todd's bestselling comedic memoir, Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga (2019) was longlisted for three awards for best non-fiction book of the year. It was followed in 2021 by another comedy, You've Got to be Kidding. His short story, 'The Great Easter Let Down' was longlisted for the Newcastle Short Story Award in 2021. Todd has also written two novels and feature stories for Nourish magazine and The Guardian. He lives in the Hunter Valley with his partner Jeff where they rescue farm animals and renovate properties.
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