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Herons in the Orchard [Kindle Edition]

K G Tuckton
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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When a townie goes to live in the depths of the countryside, she finds a lot to inform, and sometimes amuse, her. Since Kay is English but the rural surroundings are Portuguese, there is even more to interest her. Armed with a 35mm camera and fountain-pen, she keeps journals, which form the basis for this illustrated "diary" about four seasons in a Portuguese cottage.

Reader's Comment
"A good antidote to that curious and typically Brit sentimentality which city dwellers have about the countryside." (R.H., Dorset resident)

"The woodland caught fire this morning. The glum smallholders across the little bridge were burning canes on their land and the flames spread to the woods. The smell of smoke alerted me and I went down hill to offer access to a tap. The electrician came along and demanded the fire-brigade be called. Dona Margarida the Younger appeared, her exhaust pipe advertising her arrival ........"

"The chill is easing. I need to use less heat in the house. Birds are building nests. Wagtails alight in pairs on the rough ground near the septic tank. The cat is alert but doesn’t jump down from her look-out point on the wall. The swallows have reappeared, swooping low over the back yard. The door to the annexe is closed. They can nest elsewhere - in the eaves, under the terracotta tiles. Hoopoes peck in the dusty road. Crows tumble from the crowns of the pine-trees like broken black umbrellas."

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2534 KB
  • Print Length: 63 pages
  • Publisher: K G Tuckton; First edition (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #355,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

K G Tuckton is British by birth but something of a wanderer. Her travels include eight years in central Portugal, which is the setting for her both of her illustrated non-fiction books. "Herons in the Orchard" is a memoir about life in rural Portugal. "Yellowed Pages" is a selection of travel pieces about Portuguese towns, from the capital city to a fishing port, the island of Madeira, or the town of Tomar, a present-day reminder of the Knights Templar.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous summer read 18 Jun. 2014
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I really enjoyed this book - it took me to places I have never visited, and made me feel like I was there. Cannot wait for the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 7 Aug. 2013
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I loved this slice of Portuguese life!

I usually rush through books - devouring them and more often than not skim reading. Not so here. It was as though my reading speed adjusted to the gentle pace of the book. The descriptions made you feel you were there right there with the author, and there were more than a few chuckles along the way (the nosy cyclist!).

Reading this was rather like sinking into a soothing, warm, bubble bath and I look forward to the next :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seasonal treats 7 Aug. 2013
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Just finished this gorgeous little book which I loved. Wish the author was still there and I could visit - in Spring or Summer! - and be introduced to all the birds, and flora and fauna described so beautifully. I would have to bring my dog as well as he would lap it all up, loving the walks, and snoozing in the sun in the yard. And I would promise to keep him off the newly re-upholstered sofa! AND make a friend of Tigerlily who is truly a super model!

For anyone thinking of living in Portugal, I recommend they read this as a taster of life there through the seasons. My betting is they would be on the next plane!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and evocative 24 July 2013
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`Herons in the Orchard' takes you on a quiet stroll through the Portuguese landscape. Beautifully written it evokes the sights, sounds, joys and vicissitudes of daily life in a rural backwater. It takes us from summer fields filled with scabious and cow-parsley, though to the rich red and chocolate brown of the autumn vineyards. From the rains and echoing gunshots of winter to the green shoots of spring.

This charming memoir introduces the author's two delightful companions, both `rescues'. Tramp, the dog, so gentle that he can carry a grape in his mouth without so much as breaking the skin. And Tiger Lily, who loves to sprawl in the sun, as cats do. And who wages her own particular war on the resident toad.

Bindweed `sprinkles white flowers between the rows of pear trees'. Hoopoes, swallows and redstarts wheel across the skies. The local cyclist makes a nuisance of himself. Dona Margarida, the landlady, has a particular way with wasps. The whole happy pageant of local characters comes to life - the hunters, the small holder, the harvesters, and the postie.

This is not a big book. I wish it had been bigger. I wait in happy anticipation to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 1 Mar. 2015
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Great read. Feels as if you are there!
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