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Transition From City Madness to Rural Bliss: Living in the Woods of Nova Scotia. [Kindle Edition]

Derek Dubolski
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this captivating personal account of a couple's departure from the madness of Vancouver city life to the solitude of a wooded homestead in Nova Scotia, the author relates the joys of returning to his childhood passions and seeking a life of self-suffiiciency. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Nova Scotia's forests they begin the transition to a new, healthier lifestyle shared with their miniature Dachshund, Max, and a host of heritage poultry, including chickens, bantams, guinea fowl and geese, and a small herd of endearing goats. With more than 50 acres and a sturdy house they experience the daily delights of Nature all around them while growing as much organic food as possible and integrating into the rural community. The author shares much of his knowledge about raising poultry and keeping goats which will be of particular interest to those inclined to emulate his lifestyle.

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  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TWI0TS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By P. & R.
Format:Kindle Edition
As the title may suggest, this book is more of an anecdotal memoir of how the author has moved into a country house with his partner, and shed the hectic city lifestyle.

Among my thoughts while reading, the good floating at the top are: this book taught me more about the day-to-day behavior and care of poultry, than some Chicken 101s I've read; the author mingles entertaining stories from growing up in the UK with adventures and mishaps from their new country homestead in an entertaining way; and the writer's command of the English language greatly surpasses many other Kindle books on the sustainable living topic, making it an engaging read.

Only one thing kept distracting me from a full five star review. I am a conscientious omnivore, who seeks to find locally and humanely raised food, be it animal or plant based. With no intended criticism toward's the author's ethical dietary choices, the "meat is murder"-lecture does get repetitive after a few times. He paints a very black-and-white picture of factory farmed, tortured animals, or free range left-to-die-of-old-age livestock. Although the book was enjoyable, my "eye roll moments" were a little too frequent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Biker
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Took a while to read this one,but enjoyed his ideas and the way it was written,love it if he had gotten more into how they did things and the way they lived.
Also enjoyed learning more on care of chickens and goats.
Good book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written October 31, 2012
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The author has a beautiful way of painting pictures with words and this book has been a delight to read. I am not finished reading it yet and he has me thinking maybe I could raise chickens for eggs too. No pictures are needed,the descriptions of the farm and woods and wild life are so vivid and full of life. Any nature/animal lover will treasure this book and want to share it with others or read again. Thank you Derek Dubolski, keep writting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars from a Kindred Spirit November 30, 2012
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What amazing kismet to find this book in which the author describes doing almost exactly what I am interested in doing. My wife and I, too, are tired of city life, and are working towards making a move to rural Nova Scotia. We too long to be somewhat self-sufficient and closer to the land by raising animals and growing crops.

Given our common interests, Derek didn't have to work all that hard to have me hanging on his every word. However, he does have a gift for writing that made reading his book a true pleasure. I believe I would have enjoyed the book almost as much even if my own intentions weren't so similar. His stories are artfully well-told as well as instructive. This is no mere manual on how to set up shop in rural NS, but a memoir that stands as pleasurable reading for anyone with a curious mind.

My only niggling criticism of the book, and it certainly doesn't rise to the level of dropping a star, is that Derek could use a proofreader to fix his typos. Surely someone who can write as well as Derek could convince a literate friend to give his manuscript a once-over before publication?

I hope that Derek follows up with more of his adventures in rural NS, and more of his hard-won wisdom about growing crops and tending animals. I look forward to Transition II!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Transition from city madness to rural bliss September 19, 2013
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I read half of the book and grew tired of the description of each animal that they saw. If this is a true story, how could anyone in their right mind live with mice and rats in their home knowing the diseases they carry, this is where I started thinking about discontinuing reading. These people seemed to be well educated but not too smart. Please don't invite me to dinner.

P.s they knew. Rats and mice carry diseases because they googled it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. March 30, 2014
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This book is a good read for anyone who likes to contemplate returning to the "more simple life". The author honestly tells of his experiences and their outcomes in a humorous, positive perspective while he covers a mulitude of topics necessary to setting up a small farm operation. I enjoyed every page.
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More About the Author

Derek Dubolski has lived in various parts of the world including Italy, where he delighted in the beauty of Tuscany; Ireland where he revelled in the marvellous hospitality of the Irish and Mexico where he dodged bullets and managed to survive what he later describes as a 'fascinating, lawless country'.His book of short Stories: 'A Puppy Can Ruin Your Sex Life" has just been published.Some of his other stories have appeared in various publications. He has just completed an autobiographical book about his life living in the backwoods of rural Nova Scotia now available through Amazon entitled:
"Transition From City Madness to Rural Bliss:Living in the Woods of Nova Scotia."
Derek Dubolski shares his life with his partner and their miniature Dachshund named Max and is currently working on another collection of short stories to be called, "Bad Boys Have Secrets." He has just published a new book,
"Happy Hens: A Beginner's Guide to keeping Chickens",
based on his own experience keeping poultry during a 55 year period. This work is available through Amazon.

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