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Life with the Ladies of Low Arvie: Continuing the Farming Dream [Paperback]

Linda Watson
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3 Mar 2010
'Life with the Ladies of Low Arvie' is the sequel to Linda Watson's first book 'The Ladies of Low Arvie' and continues the story of her farming life in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. 'The Ladies' are the herd of Black Galloway cows bought by Linda and her partner, Richard, to inhabit their 120 acres of wet and boggy land.

Their life, though exciting, is full of twists and turns and the couple have met many challenges to be overcome along the road to creating their successful business. They have struggled with these challenges at times but have always won through, aided in no small part by the kindness of new friends and farming neighbours.

The farm is set in the most beautiful of Scottish settings and they count ourselves truly fortunate to have spent the autumn of their lives in such peace and tranquility. The problems that they have faced and overcome through these years have always been tempered by the quiet beauty that surrounds them in their home. The hardships are many but the rewards are great and the sight of a batch of new calves gamboling around their mothers in their fields each autumn repays them a hundred fold for their efforts and makes the work load an easy one to bear.

Alongside farming life, Linda has found the time to fulfil a second lifelong dream to gain a University degree and the story of her four years of study, whilst also fulfilling her filial duties to her 90 year old mother, is interwoven into the tales of agricultural life.

'The Ladies of Low Arvie' was well received by a wide cross section of society and many readers requested this sequel to update the story and to hear of the way that life has continued at Low Arvie.

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (3 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145022069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450220699
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,199,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had lived all my life in the same small village in South Yorkshire. I had a good career as a primary school teacher and enjoyed every minute until I got ill and had to retire. Then life became quite dull and uninteresting. Once I was better I was ready for a new challenge. However, I had no idea just how many challenges were coming my way!

In 2002, my partner, Richard, and I bought a small piece of Scotland called Low Arvie. It was nominally a farm. but in reality just a wet and boggy piece of marshland. Already in our fifties we set about creating our new life on this plot and now we have built a small but successful business and a satisfying life for ourselves.

How did we do it? By a lot of hard work and a lot of help from the community we moved amongst.

So just how did twenty-four Black Galloway cows become 'The Ladies of Low Arvie'?

How did we change the wet and boggy land into some kind of nourishing food for them?

How did we cope with second hand machinery that didn't work properly?

Why did we hire the only bull in Scotland that didn't know what to do when faced with our beautiful 'Ladies'?

How did I fulfil my promise to my 90 year old mother that I would always look after her?

You can read it all in my book 'The Ladies of Low Arvie' and see just how a dull and boring life can change.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure of a book 9 May 2010
By Gilly B
So pleased to be able to catch up with the Ladies at Low Arvie again. Delightfully written and really life affirming. Thank you for letting us know what happened next! More of the same please
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live the life! 10 Aug 2010
By iona
I loved both these two books. They are so inspiring to "do your thing" before it is too late. I read both back to back and couldn't put them down. Be warned - set aside a weekend before you start. More please Linda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome sequel to 'The Ladies of Low Arvie' 29 July 2010
A tale of real life on a real farm, written in a charming manner with lots of humour. Lovely to catch up on events of the past few years and to read how dreams can be fulfilled - despite many setbacks and some heartache. Couldn't put the book down until I'd finished!
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5.0 out of 5 stars new book about low arvie 16 May 2010
just read the latest book about life at low arvie, its fantastic could not put it down until last word was read, its again shows how life can be good and how life can be cruel. linda watson has once again come up trumps, if there is a next chapter on life at low arvie, i hope its as good as the other two
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