And, when Fly Buys finally wrote to say I could go shopping on their website, it didn't take me long to decide what I wanted to spend my hard-earned points on.
Quite a few years later, with a few years of gardening under my belt, I still enjoy Lynda Hallinan's writing, and her infectious enthusiasm for all things gardening.
Her new book Back to the Land - A Year of Country Gardening is filled with beautiful images of her first year living in the country again, after many years of city living. Apart from a brief history of her family's ties to the land, the book chronicles her year in the garden, and as well as anecdotes and reflections on farm life, it includes recipes, gardening tips and useful information on her favourite plant varieties.
Back to the Land is more than just a book about living in the country (though, there's no denying it might just rekindle your long-held dream to up stakes and find your own little plot), it's also an ode to the simple life, and a nice reminder that sometimes to experiences life's greatest riches, all you need is a desire to get your hands dirty.