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A year in the life of a farm

Christine Allen’s book, A Year at Killara Farm, depicts life on the South Langley hobby farm she shared with her husband, Michael Kluckner, for more than a decade. - Submitted
Christine Allen’s book, A Year at Killara Farm, depicts life on the South Langley hobby farm she shared with her husband, Michael Kluckner, for more than a decade.
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The South Langley hobby farm, once home to author/artist Michael Kluckner has inspired yet another book.

This time, however, the writer is Kluckner’s wife Christine Allen.

Allen’s hardcover book, titled A Year at Killara Farm, is a collection of reminiscences, ‘garden wisdom’ and recipes, all arranged seasonally, month by month.

Kluckner’s signature watercolour illustrations, meanwhile, add visual flair, depicting life on the small hobby farm the couple shared for more than a decade, and the recipes included throughout, which incorporate produce grown on the property.

Allen and Kluckner left Killara farm in 2006, spending time in Allen’s native Australia before returning to Vancouver in 2010.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Allen will officially launch her book inside The Great Hall at VanDusen Garden 5251 Oak St. The event will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase not only copies of the book, but Kluckner’s  watercolours of chickens, sheep, vegetables and flowers.

They will be sold, unframed, for $50 to $200, cash or cheque.

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