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Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2: Still Living the Dream in Rural Ireland Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07DFNF3K4
- Publisher : Ant Press (June 11, 2018)
- Publication date : June 11, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4105 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #125,978 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Secondly, I enjoyed and laughed along with the author's self-deprecating humour. I had several good chuckles, but my favourite line in the book has to be this one about buying a new car: "Owning the most expensive, shiny, new, super-fast status symbol in County Clare is akin to putting lipstick on a pig. No." That one really caught my funny bone big time.
Thirdly, I loved all the animal and dog parts, but especially his tales of their chickens and ducks. I could just see it all. I have a great fondness for the daftness of chickens and being a boat dweller, I am constantly delighted by duck behaviour, but Nick's birds are different. Lovely, funny tales that had me roaring with laughter.
Lastly, the book is imbued with the flavour of Ireland in its country characters, the descriptions of the scenery and the liberal dashes of Irish history and culture. There are also some personal challenges for the couple that give poignancy and anxiety to an otherwise wonderful new life. Altogether, this book has everything that makes it the perfectly mixed cocktail of ingredients for a terrific read. Thank you, Mr Albert. I shall now look forward to reading Book 3!
This one really gets into the nuts and bolts of renovations into the country home in County Clare. I couldn't help but relate while reading and thinking of all the renovations to our very old home we purchased 26 years ago. Although, we have never had quite the quirky workers to keep us on our toes. Loveable characters that they are.
I was in stitches so many times with the stories about dog adventures and the dog rules of ball playing. Another relatable topic. Here is an excerpt from the chapter; Doggy Ball Games, “I think Kia considers herself exempt,” I smiled. “Yesterday, we were on the logging road, up in the forest. After one particularly violent body-check left Lady upside-down in a gorse bush, I imagined I could hear her mumbling, Bloody Kia…taking it a bit seriously…only a game after all, as she limped away.” I formed quite a funny visual.
Nick and Leslie also have their share of troubles in part 2, my heart went out to them many times. They seemed to come through things quite well and manage to retain their sense of humour.
A thoroughly enjoyable read and looking forward to part 3!
house in the Irish country side , and get to work to turn it into the home of their dream. Anyone who has ever undertaken the renovation of a house on their own with DIY , sweat and tears will
love the second instalment of their story of settling in Ireland. Not only does Nick have a great sense of humour in describing his victories and defeats , he also captures the charm and quirks of this loveable country. He expresses his love of nature and his great affection for his dogs through his captivating, seemingly effortless writing style. This memoir is a book you won’t want to put down.
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As readers of Book One will recall, Nick Albert and his wife, Lesley, left the stresses and strains of everyday life in England to search for a rural idyll. A search which, despite never having visited the country before, led them to the Republic of Ireland.
In Book two, with the trials and tribulations of searching and purchasing a property over, restoration of Nick and Lesley’s farmhouse is in full swing. Things, however, do not always go to plan and there are plenty of mishaps, jaw clenching situations and laugh-out-loud moments.
Interwoven with the story of restoration and all life entails in rural Ireland are Nick’s delightful descriptions of his surroundings. These seemed more prominent in this book, perhaps as a result of him settling and feeling more at one with the country now called ‘home’, and were a delight to read.
I particularly enjoyed the observations on local wildlife, many of which conjured up my own fond memories of time spent in the country; the out-of-this-world noises made by the woodcock, the almost intimating size of the Irish hare and the silent appearances of roaming feral goats.
With the arrival of more chickens and some ducks Nick and Lesley’s menagerie is increasing but by far the most moving animal story is the impulse rescue of two dogs from doggy death row. Kia and Lady, are lucky to be alive thanks to Nick and Lesley’s actions, however, all is not well with Kia and she has a major health battle to overcome before she can begin to fully enjoy the wonderland of Glenmadrie.
Being a lover of hounds, it is the stories Nick tells of Lady, believed to be a short-legged Fox Hound, which touched my heart. I found it easy to picture Lady bounding through woods and across bog and heath land, with that ‘I could not care less’ attitude and reverberating cry that only a hound possesses.
Life seems to be going well for the Albert’s, however, readers are kept on their toes when health issues rise to the foreground. Nick weaves in his usual humour regarding his own health but we soon see the softer side of Nick as he shares his thoughts and emotions when Lesley is taken seriously ill. It is not always easy for a man to express, let alone write about, his emotions but Nick has addressed these with poise and grace. As a result, I feel I have come away knowing more about the man, Nick Albert and thank him for sharing that insight with his readers.
As with the previous book, Book Two ended far too soon and, it was with reluctance that I turned the last page. Now, like many others, I eagerly await the next instalment so, Nick Albert, I hope you are listening and are busy working on Book Three because I cannot wait to discover what happens next!
The author’s richly descriptive style immediately drew me into his world of gorgeous Irish countryside, and life in a remote location with his wife and a steadily growing band of animals.
I particularly enjoyed the stories about his dogs. Beautifully written, they were sometimes heart-rendingly sad, often hilarious. I so admired his wife for battling with health problems, the latter of which Nick describes with great poignancy. As for the renovations on their rural farmhouse, which form the major part of the book’s tale – just wow! I was incredibly impressed by Nick’s abilities as a builder.
If you enjoy a highly entertaining, gentle read, filled with humour, great vignettes and a touch of Irish blarney thrown in for good measure, then this is the one for you. I loved it and look forward to reading about Nick and Lesley’s continued adventures in Ireland.