An institution lives on borrowed time: time that is borrowed from its employees and is never paid back in the same coin"", notes the author as she explains how she and her professor husband picked up from academic life on campus and turned to its compliment, writing while living on a working farm in Vermont. Settling in at Scrivelsby proved quite an adventure -- their first winter brought -- degree weather and the following spring a flood that nearly destroyed their manuscript -- the successive seasons were replete with the pleasures of country life. Mrs. Dimock shares her savoring of rural joys and mishaps, whether they center about the trials of transportation, the liveliness of livestock pigiets, , boy et. al. in a generous ladling of incidents. Her enjoyment of the Vermont climate and the character is equally vivid-- and she makes a good case for ""a loquacity of no mean order"", a good case too for the still eminently rural, independent life. Off the farm for academic appointments periodically and travelling to Turkey and England and Puerto Rico, Mrs. Dimock thinks the withdrawals and returns form a valuable balance which the Dimock productivity (12 books in 14 years aside from professorial, political and farm duties) certainly upholds. Country bounty.