Photo Courtesy Deer Isle Hostel & Homestead

Home sweet homestead

Photo Courtesy Deer Isle Hostel & Homestead
Anneli Carter-Sundqvist grows carrots bigger than her head at the Deer Isle homestead with her husband, Dennis Carter.

DEER ISLE — An entertaining, informative book has come out of the snowy, icy, bitterly cold winter of 2014.

The weather gave Anneli Carter-Sundqvist time to write her first book, “A Homesteader’s Year on Deer Isle.”

“This winter it was an unprecedented bad winter,” said Carter-Sundqvist, who runs the Deer Isle Hostel and Homestead with her husband, Dennis Carter.

She and Dennis weren’t able to do any of the winter projects they had planned for their homestead off Tennis Road.

“It was either too cold, covered in snow, covered in ice,” she said. “It was serendipitous how I wanted to write this and I could do nothing else. The bad winter weather allowed me to put this book together.”

Carter-Sundqvist has a degree in creative writing and worked as a journalist reporting for public radio and newspapers in Sweden, her native country.

In January 2013, she began blogging about life at the Deer Isle Hostel and Homestead for Mother Earth News.

“A Homesteader’s Year on Deer Isle” is a book for everyone whether or not they would consider homesteading themselves.

“A Homesteader’s Year” is available at local bookstores and by mail order from Carter-Sundqvist.

The couple give tours of the hostel and homestead on Thursdays at 9 a.m. during July and August.

For more information about staying at the hostel, visit

Readings and Book Signings

July 8, 11 a. m. Stonington Public Library

July 28, 6:30 p.m. Blue Hill Public Library

Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. Island Heritage Trust, Deer Isle

Aug. 25, 6 p.m. The Good Life Center, Cape Rosier, Brooksville

Buy the book: “A Homesteader’s Year on Deer Isle” is available at Island Heritage Trust Nature Shop, Deer Isle; 44 North Coffee, Deer Isle; Mainescape, Blue Hill; Blue Hill Books, Blue Hill; Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick; Sherman’s Books, Longfellow Books, Portland.

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Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.
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