A Horse in the Bathroom

How an Old Stable Became Our Dream Village Home

Author: Derek J. Taylor

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW


Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 649

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?’

Waiter, There's a Horse in My Wine

A Treasury of Entertainment, Exploration and Education by America's Wittiest Wine Critic

Author: Jennifer Rosen



Category: Cooking

Page: 283

View: 776

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.

An Alligator in the Bathroom...And Other Stories

Memoirs of an RSPCA Inspector in Yorkshire

Author: Carter Langdale

Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd


Category: Nature

Page: 113

View: 638

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.

The Day the Bathroom Ceiling Fell

and other Entertainments

Author: Jeanne Sandberg Fuller

Publisher: iUniverse


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

View: 363

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.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Author: Douglas Adams

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 198

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.

Learning to Care for a Horse

Author: Felicia Lowenstein Niven

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 634

"Readers will learn how to choose a horse and care for a horse, from what kind of horse is best for them and how long they live"--Provided by publisher.

A horse in the country

a diary of a year in the heart of England

Author: Clive Aslet



Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 285

View: 261

The Reality of Building A Horse Barn and Farm

Author: Janet Miller

Publisher: Lulu.com



Page: 307

View: 545

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.