Maggie wants a house with lots of light. I need one with character. And what we do have in common doesn’t help either – we’re both stubborn.' When Derek, a former TV journalist, and his partner Maggie decide to escape to the country, they don’t opt for the simple life. Instead they set about converting an old Cotswold stables in Stow-on-the-Wold into their dream home. Over the next two years, they wage guerrilla war on the Planning Office, are cursed by everything from collapsing walls to poison gas and dozy apprentices, run out of money, and meet some very strange characters – till in its final stages of construction, the place unaccountably floods. Along the way, Derek takes a quirky look at what makes villages work, or not, in the twenty-first century. Haunted by the words of a friend who accused him of suffering from Lark Rise to Candleford syndrome, he investigates a dozen different villages. When it’s over, Maggie and Derek survey The Old Stables with its ten metres of shimmering glass and exposed oak beams, and Maggie says, ‘Next time, why don’t we try something bigger?’
A Treasury of Entertainment, Exploration and Education by America's Wittiest Wine Critic
Author: Jennifer Rosen
A collection of informative, irreverent, and hilarious columns from one of America's foremost wine critics. Connoisseurs, neophytes and beer-swillers alike will find themselves laughing, pondering, and armed with everything they need to impress friends, terrify enemies, and stop wine snobs in their tracks.
THE HUMAN IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE TOP ANIMAL. BUT EVERY ONE OF THESE TRUE STORIES SHOWS HOW NONSENSICAL THAT IDEA CAN BE. Back in the day, Carter Langdale’s job could be summed up easily: solve every problem that has anything whatever to do with animals. He had an official RSPCA brass plaque outside his Yorkshire home. He was a local figure, like the doctor or dentist, the village postmistress, the vicar, the vet or the undertaker, and sometimes he had to be bits of all of those. Off duty? No such thing. People would knock on the door and present the Langdales with a litter of kittens, an injured owl, any kind of stray – foxes, badgers, young otters, hedgehogs. Some folk were genuinely concerned, some over concerned; some saw a convenient way to rid themselves of an inconvenient animal. Carter never knew what might happen next. It could be a cow stuck in a ravine, a dog down a badger sett, a goose in a pub car park or a tortoise trying to cross the road. It might be an accusation of cruelty or, perhaps worse, a rumour of cruelty. It could be a cat up a tree, a runaway anaconda, an escaped budgerigar, or someone who kept five goats and a horse in the dining room. There were wildlife criminals, too: badger diggers, bird’s eggers, bird trappers, bird-of-prey poisoners. There were wildlife UFO spotters convinced they had seen the Phantom Black Panther of Cleckuddersfax, and there was everything in between, from a monkey to a porpoise and back again. Some stories will make you laugh, and some will make you weep. But they are all told with great humour and sympathy. For any animal lover, this book is a feast.
Readers who are homesick for small-town America fifty years ago, when the living was simpler and more family-oriented, will be delighted with these charming memoirs, which are full of humor and pathos, familiar settings, and real-life characters who leap off the page with vitality. Fuller's style is both original in vocabulary and homespun in approach, convincing us that we are there watching her grow up. The relatively uneventful, but extremely human picture she paints with words will capture the imagination of all who remember their own childhoods with longing for the less-complicated, but utterly satisfying life of those times. Charlotte Colby Andersen, B.A.,M.S, Writer, Lecturer, Photographer, Retired English Professor, Penn State University.
From Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes a wildly inventive novel—in trade paperback for the first time—of ghosts, time travel, and one detective’s mission to save humanity from extinction. DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY We solve the whole crime We find the whole person Phone today for the whole solution to your problem (Missing cats and messy divorces a specialty) Douglas Adams, the “master of wacky words and even wackier tales” (Entertainment Weekly) once again boggles the mind with a completely unbelievable story of ghosts, time travel, eccentric computer geniuses, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the end of the world, and—of course—missing cats.
With a black and white interior, this book is a "MUST READ" for those who are planning to build a horse barn/farm, those who are just dreaming of someday building one, those on a limited budget, those on a limitless budget (because you will still have to give direction to your planners and architects to make sure you wind up with a functional barn/farm, and the one you wanted), those looking to buy an existing farm, those of you boarding, and anyone who rides or is thinking about riding (because the horse's housing and care will contribute to the horse's overall temperament and ability to perform). The author offers hard facts and information from her real life experience building and operating her own horse farm and her more than twenty years of horse ownership and hunter/jumper show competition. Anecdotal stories and "lessons" (epiphanies) are included to emphasize points to help readers avoid making mistakes in their own barn/farm construction projects.