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More Scenes From a Smallholding [Paperback]

Chas Griffin
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1 Jun 2006

In 1982 the Griffins left the security of suburbia to grow garlic in West Wales. From the struggle with rurality that ensued grew (organically) the very amusing, and informative, warts-and-all account Scenes From a Smallholding .

Now in this sometimes touching, but always funny sequel, Chas reveals what happened four years after their arrival - when the dream had been well and truly dreamt and they were experiencing some rather rude awakenings. Did they ever achieve the blissful good life? Are they surrounded by organic veg? How have the family coped with their new rural life?

Written with Chas Griffin's trademark charm and humour, enjoy another compelling romp through the countryside.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091905885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091905880
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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June 26 2013 I'm debating whether or not to go ahead with 'assisted publication' of D+. This means me paying the publisher and not the other way round... so I'm cautious. Easy to end up with a vanity job. But the www has changed publishing tremendously. So maybe I have no alternative!


It's taken a week of fiddling about, reading masses of conflicting advice, and generally tearing my hair out, but I have finally succeeded in uploading my novel 'Your Dog as Philospher' to KDP. It is now available as an ebook to purchase from the mighty Amazon. It's a tale of a young Dad, his feisty daughter and his daft dog, Fido, and of how young Dad tries to cope over a week of being in sole charge. He learns an awful lot, not least from Fido, and even survives the approaches of the sultry Sandra......
If you fancy a bit of a smile, and stopping now and then to think about things you might not have thought about before, then I think you'll enjoy 'Your Dog'. Please do let me know what you think of it, won't you?
PS Despite my very best efforts, some of the formatting of 'Your Dog' is not spot on. Mysteries.... If I can find out how to correct it I most certainly will. But until you've tried it yourself, you have no idea how tricky it is.


I was once a teacher, which I loved. But there came a time when I felt I needed to move on. But how? My wife showed the way by introducing me to the early Green movement and by prodding me into actually growing a few carrots in our ant-infested back garden.
I rapidly became fascinated by the fact that a hard dry little dot of a seed should grow into a green and orange and very tasty carrot. Amazing...
Eventually we decided we really ought to make a break for it and get out to the country before our kids had grown up too much. My parents pitched in with us and we bought a little patch in West Wales, with the aim of setting up from scratch an organic smallholding and then attempting to run it on a vanishingly small budget and no sensible experience. We knew nothing at all about cows, sheep, tractors, bees, ditching, chainsaws, geese, ducks, pigs, orchards....
How did we get on? Well, I've documented our first three years in 'Scenes from a Smallholdng'; and the subsequent twelve years in the excitingly titled 'More Scenes from a Smallholding'.
I've written the truth, and as amusingly as I can. I hope there is food for thought in both books, and have been reassured by scores of readers that I've been at least a little successful in this.

I have a third book in print called, wait for it... 'Scenes from a Vegetable Plot', and I think of it as the antidote to other gardening books. My intention is to demystify the whole gardening process and to encourage complete rookies to just get out there and have a go, relying upon their own common sense rather than reams of Instructions and Rules on how to make a veg plot work. After all, the sole and singular purpose in a carrot seed's life is to GROW. All a gardener can possibly do is not get in the way.
Again, I've written to inform, inspire and amuse. Everyone, without exception, can grow organic veg. I show how. It's easy....

Over the past 20 years I've researched for and written my 'Grand Oeuvre', a longish book called 'DarwinPlus!', which shows, via little thread of logic, how science, religion and the paranormal may all be rationally reconciled. Ridiculous? Well, why not try reading 'D+' and judging for yourself? You can read a summary at my website (www.thirdleafbooks.co.uk) and buy a PDF from it, or if you're feeling hard up you can for the moment still get a free downlaod from Scribd.com. Just search for the book title.

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"... A Bill Bryson "down on the farm"" (Alan Gear HDRA)

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Following on from the success of Scenes From A Smallholding, this is the second installment of personal memoir from Chas Griffin, the charming Welsh Organic Farmer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 25 Feb 2010
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I really enjoyed this book as a follow on from the previous Scenes from a smallholding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion to Scenes 1 Jan 2014
By Ed123
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Having read Scenes, just had to get More Scenes. Just as funny as the first book, with a serious side, which shows that trying to make a living out of a smallholding in the supermarket dominated economy is extremely hard. it makes you think hard about how and where we all shop, and hopefully encourages some to think again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel 2 July 2013
By Julian
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Read "Scenes from a smallholding" first. This is more of the same, so if you like the original, you'll like this. Same style and sense of humour; same somewhat dodgy take on both science and spirituality!
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