Using the annual cycle of a hillside allotment as a framework, Stephen John Hartley's startlingly direct narrative tells his incredible story: engineer; guitarist in seminal punk band NOTSENSIBLES; busker; letterpress and woodblock printer; late medical school entrant; A&E consultant; NHS whistleblower; restorer of old vehicles; builder of valve amplifiers; DIY record label aspirant. Beautifully illustrated by the author with over 30 woodcuts and line drawings, the book is imbued with a DIY ethos, exploring how much we can do for ourselves without relying on the establishment - localisation versus globalisation.