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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2004
This book gives you a real feeling about what it's like to live on a Scottish hill farm. It takes you through the highs and the lows in an entertaining yet unsentimental style. It also documents a changing world, indeed a world which might not exist for much longer. This is a great book for those intersted in gaining an insight into the isolated lives of farmers who are struggling to cope with the ever-increasing demands of the politicians and the falling profits from their livestock. So is Tom Duncan just another moaning farmer? Quite the opposite: he accepts his lot and recognises that change is inevitable. He quotes Spike Milligan: "everyone's got to be somewhere". And there are a lot worse places to be than a Dumfriesshire hill farm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2012
The author has written an excellent account of hill farming in Scotland.Contrary to one reviewer who claimed the book was stilted with "I did this then I did that" account. I felt that the author developed the story in such a way as to both enlighten and educate the non-farming folk on how hard the job is and how dedicated the people are who do it. This country smallholding and small farms are being decimated by the powers of supermarkets and the incompetence of government bodies. Yet there are as the author has shown still groups of people who farm for not only very little recompense, but truly for the love of countryside, outdoors and the livestock.

The book itself is fairly anecdotal. Most of the stories are broken down into chapters that cover varied livestock by season. The issues of raising sheep and cows being predominant. Like all good story tellers he brings in interesting characters. Tam and Cha who help around the farm when needed as well as his faithful sheepdog. Then he talks about feeding the animals,caring for them to stop them getting sick and healing them when they are sick, making hay and silage, agricultural shows and a plethora of other interesting stories.

The book is highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2005
This is a really interesting book, which takes you right into the heart of the job. The trials and tribulations of looking after a hill farm are brought to you as if you were really there. Written well, interspersed with humour throughout. His love for the animals and the environment comes through right through the book.
Well done Tom!
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on 3 October 2011
A really wonderful book. Have enjoyed it from start to finish and as I am also involved with farming, can well identify with many of the problems the author encounters in his day to day work. I would recomend this book to anyone with a love of the land and animals.
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on 18 June 2014
Fantastic book real insight to operating sheep farm and mindset required, interesting stories and asides made a good read for anyone interested in sheep farming
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This was a gift for my brother-in-law who was in hospital. He was a sheep farmer himself before he retired. He is enjoying the book very much.
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on 23 September 2014
Read this in double quick time, great stories, interesting guy, honest and funny account of a farmers life, Grant.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2010
Whilst no doubt an accurate record of life on a Scottish hill farm, this book lacks that special ingredient which makes you want to keep reading to the end. It is mearly a "we did this and we did that" book, with little expansion of charactures or situations described.
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