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The Smell of Summer Grass is the story of the years spent in finding and building a personal idyll sometimes a dream sometimes a nightmare by writer Adam Nicolson and his wife cook and gardener Sarah Raven. Without knowing one end of a hay baler from the other Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven fed up with London and with life escaped with his family to a run-down farm in the Sussex Weald. Looking for Arcadia they found a mixture of intense beauty and profound chaos. Over three years they struggled with dock leaves spring flowers bloody-minded sheep and neighbours before eventually arriving at some kind of equilibrium. Funny poetic ironic and wise 'The Smell of Summer Grass' is based partly on the long out of print 'Perch Hill'. It traces the growing intimacy between man and his chosen place his love affair with it and his frustrations with its intractable realities. As an attempt to live out the pastoral vision it makes one heartfelt plea: we should never abandon our dreams.