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Walloon Ways By Valerie Poore
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Three years of weekending in Belgium have given me some precious recollections and memories. This is a series of anecdotes including descriptions of walks, boat trips, and drives throughout the... More > beautiful Belgian countryside. For those who do not know Belgium, this could give them a taste for exploration.< Less
African Ways By Valerie Poore
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This is the story of a young woman’s first encounters with rural South Africa. Coming from the all-mod-cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980’s, the author is literally... More > transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal. Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africa with the help of a charming, elderly Dutch couple, an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund of local knowledge. Set in the closing years of Apartheid, these stories are not about politics or the injustices of the system.They are tales about the people and a different kind of life, which include living without electricity, hand-milking cows, drought, veld fires and mad-cap adventures into the unknown. They are also stories told with deep affection and respect, and above all a liberal dose of tongue-in-cheek humour.< Less
How to Breed Sheep, Geese and English Eccentrics By Valerie Poore
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When Maisie Peterson leaves university in 1977 without a job to go to, she decides to help her mother save her large and impractical country property in the wilds of rural Dorset by trying her hand... More > at self-sufficiency. Ma is just a tad eccentric, though, and Maisie has no clue about farming. Her efforts are thwarted at quite a few turns by a flock of willful sheep, a dotty aunt, a charming but ineffective boyfriend and a swarthy, but highly desirably agricultural auctioneer. Emily, the ewe, runs rings round her while Ma drifts in and out of the scene in an ancient wedding dress, causing havoc in Maisie's attempts to sort out her personal as well as her agricultural problems.< Less
Rotterdam Reflections: Tales from a Dutch harbour and other stories By Valerie Poore
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A collection of articles, stories and blog posts about the author Valerie Poore's life in Rotterdam's Oude Haven and in the Netherlands in general. All the stories are quite tongue-in-cheek and as a... More > taster of Valerie's other memoirs, they are a reflection of the way she views the world...all in good fun!< Less
Harbour Ways By Valerie Poore
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Harbour Ways is the sequel to Watery Ways, Valerie Poore's first memoir about living on a barge in Rotterdam's Oude Haven in the Netherlands. This second book tells of the first two years that she... More > owned her own barge, the Vereeniging, and how she converts it from an empty hull into a home. Told with with Valerie's usual tongue-in-cheek humour, Harbour Ways can be read as a stand alone memoir or as the follow on to Watery Ways.< Less
Harbour Ways By Valerie Poore
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Harbour Ways is the sequel to the popular Watery Ways, Valerie Poore's first memoir about living on a barge in Rotterdam's Oude Haven in the Netherlands. This second book tells of the first two years... More > that she owned her own barge, the Vereeniging, and how she converts it from an empty hull into a home. Told with with Valerie's usual tongue-in-cheek humour, Harbour Ways can be read as a stand alone memoir or as the follow on to Watery Ways.< Less
Faring to France on a Shoe By Valerie Poore
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A travelogue about a dream come true. After seven years of owning their barge, Hennie-Ha, seven years involving catastrophe and crisis, Val and her partner finally go 'faring' to France for the first... More > time. This travelogue is about the places they visit and the people they meet along the canals on their route from the Netherlands, through Belgium and into northern France. It tells a gentle story about how they experience their life on board during the four weeks they spend cruising. Written as a journal, the reader joins them on their travels through rain and shine and reveals how day by day, Val learns to cast aside the stresses and demands of the real world and to appreciate life's simplest of pleasures to the full< Less
African Ways By Valerie Poore
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This is the story of a young woman’s first encounters with rural South Africa. Coming from the all-mod-cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980’s, the author is literally... More > transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal. Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africa with the help of a charming, elderly Dutch couple, an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund of local knowledge. Set in the closing years of Apartheid, these stories are not about politics or the injustices of the system.They are tales about the people and a different kind of life, which include living without electricity, hand-milking cows, drought, veld fires and mad-cap adventures into the unknown. They are also stories told with deep affection and respect, and above all a liberal dose of tongue-in-cheek humour.< Less
African Ways Again By Valerie Poore
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This is the sequel to African Ways. It tells what happened next in Valerie Poore's life in South Africa's rural Kwa-Zulu Natal in the 1980s. More bittersweet than the first book, Val and her family... More > move down the mountain from the farm where they spent the three happy years described in African Ways. In this second book, life changes dramatically for the author and her small daughters, but the anecdotes she shares are still filled with colour, humour and everything that she loves about Africa and its people.< Less