Following the popularity of ‘From Goats to a Garden’ and ‘Our Small Stone Cottage in France’, Susie has written about her earliest years. Born during the Second World War, she writes in her usual chatty fashion about growing up in Birmingham with her adoptive parents, their friends and relations. Wilful tendencies in her early years morph into clashes with her parents as she becomes a teenager. While they only want what is best for her she finds this claustrophobic. She is glad to get away to the freedom of holidays on the Welsh Borders with family friends and eventually to Teacher Training College. She meets the love of her life and embarks on over fifty years of marriage and raising a family, among other adventures. Finally, she is reunited with the half-sister into whose life she had paid a brief visit over sixty years previously.