- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Ebury Press (5. Mai 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0091905079
- ISBN-13: 978-0091905071
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2 x 19,3 cm
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Scenes From A Smallholding: From the Popular Series in the HDRA Magazine the "Organic Way" (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Mai 2005
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"I was laughing out loud before I'd got past the copyright page. The book is a gem and Chas is a star in the making. The sort of author Richard & Judy was made for" (Scott Pack Bookbuyer)
"... a Bill Bryson "down on the farm"..." (Alan Gear HDRA)
Not completely devoid of handy hints, but essentially a personal memoir, written for fun, of how Chas Griffin and his family set up and tried to run an organic smallholding, starting from scratchAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Chas Griffin has a style of writing that immediately puts you at ease and a sense of humour that is apparent from the opening line of "As many as two people (possibly three) have recently suggested that I should consider publishing a collection articles". Yet hidden away in the text are nuggets of sensible advice and proven strategies for those who might wish to up sticks and head off into the depths of darkest Wales (or anywhere else for that matter) in search of the Good Life.
This book is a journey from the safety of the avenues of Nottingham to the full exposure of an organic smallholding in Wales, from 1980 to the present, and is based on a series of articles the author wrote for the HDRA (Henry Doubleday Research Association) newsletter and magazine. The author has added footnotes to bring the earlier articles up-to-date and allow reflection from hindsight which those who might tend to take John Seymour too literally might take notice of. The book is full of glorious descriptions of the triumphs and disasters that can beset any venture that relies on the British weather as a major contributor. It certainly brought home to me the impact that the giant supermarkets had on our agriculture in the early 1990's, especially comments such as having to feed oversized courgettes to the cows because they (the courgettes) didn't fit the supermarket packing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can recommend it to anyone who thinks that the smallholding life may be for him or her, it may bring your ideas down to earth with a bump or it may spur you into action.
Ive read a few books over the last couple of decades concerning the smallholding vibe but this is without doubt the most refreshing and vital bit of writing about the experience that I have come across in a long time. "Warts and All" might sum up the account of life on the familys ten acre holding in rural Wales but that would not encompass the sensitivity of the superb writing style and the excellent humour throughout- its a very funny book indeed, filled with poignant and hilarious moments.
Its also amazingly full of good sense for anyone thinking of going down that road. Basically unputdownable from the start- I would say buy it for someone you love (like someone did with me!) they won't be disappointed.