One Cabin, One Cat, Three Years

Coming . . . October 2nd . . . a memoir of “One Couple’s Time in the Wilderness”

In 2013 my wife, Jeanne, and I, she in her late sixties, I in my early seventies, set out to fulfill our long held dream of living in the woods for a year. Before leaving our home in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, I contacted the editors of Tempo, the monthly news magazine in the Town of Lac Brome, to enquire whether they would be interested in receiving reports of our progress in the endeavour. They said, “Yes.” This book is based upon those articles.

My original intention was to produce a work echoing the objectives of Thoreau who, in addition to describing his daily life in his chosen wilderness, commented on the mores and politics of his time in his Walden. However, each time that I penned such a commentary, I realized that it detracted from the essence of our experience. The reaction to the Tempo articles proved that the unfolding of the tale of our daily lives was all that was required to engender intense interest and comment. Thus this memoir has to do exclusively with living in the woods.


For about as long as I have known Jeanne, she has wanted to spend an entire year—three hundred and sixty-five consecutive days—in the woods. This is not motivated by a desire to be a hermit or because she is antisocial. To paraphrase Montaigne, she is quite content living a private life, but that does not mean that she is unsuited to a public one. After all, she insists, it is only for one year. When I’ve asked, “Might it be that you would never come back?” she has answered, “It’s only for a year.” I should immediately add that this was not to be a year alone. All along, Jeanne has insisted that I am part of the plan and am to go with her. I like to think that this is because she loves me, but if that is only part of the reason (for she will need a hewer of wood and fetcher of water—a man servant in the general sense), then I am content, for I too need looking after and our lives have been interdependent since the first day of our marriage over fifty years ago.

About the Author
Born in Montreal, David Marler attended Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec. He then entered the Faculty of Law at McGill University. One Cabin is his first published book. Previously he wrote “A Candidate’s Journey” describing his run for the Canadian parliament in 2006, a book which can be found online and has been referred to as a must read for any aspiring politician. Editors declined to publish the book for the reason that it was too hot to handle. His three years in the woods allowed him to transition from lawyer to writer. He is now working on “Places in Time”, recounting the cultures of the various places in which he has lived over the seventy-six years of his life. Also in preparation is “Bumps and Bangs in the Saint Lawrence Seaway” which tells the tale of some of the maritime law cases in which he was involved during his fifty two years in the legal profession.

One Cabin, One Cat, Three Years: One Couple’s Time in the Wilderness
by David Marler and Jeanne Marler (illustrator)
DCDesign Books
ISBN: 9780998701257
Paperback Original
224 pp., 6 x 9 Trim; full-color illustrations throughout; recipes
Publication Date: October 2, 2017

Available via Midpoint Trade Books and wherever books are sold.
Contact the publisher, Dede Cummings, at or at the Vermont office at 802-380-1121.

Contact the author for Canadian appearances/interviews/signed copies:
David Marler; email: or Jeanne Marler: jeanne@jeannemarler.com450.242.1884

David and Jeanne Marler on Jeannotte River excursion. Photo Dan Newton.