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A Croft in the Hills by [Stewart, Katharine]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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Length: 208 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Katherine Stewart’s memories are as she says herself 'a tale of other times, almost a glimpse of legend'." -- Scottish Book Collector

"The descriptive narrative takes the reader through the changing seasons on the farm near Loch Ness." -- The Scots Magazine

‘Katharine Stewart’s memories are, as she says herself "a tale of other times, almost a glimpse of legend"...evocative and charming’ -- Scottish Book Collector

‘Written with great charm’ -- Books in Scotland

‘delightfully engaging...almost conversational. The reader has little chance but to become wholeheartedly involved’ -- Topical Books

From the Publisher

Life on a Scottish Croft
Life on a Scottish Croft

The joys and tribulations of a young family seeking to make a living out of a hill croft. A modern classic. ‘Written with great charm’ — - Books in Scotland


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2653 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (8 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E78RH8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a wonderful book, I found it difficult to put down yet I didn't want it to be over. Katherine Stewart shares the story of her and her families life on a croft in the North of Scotland. A life full of richness, warmth and companionship. She has the ability to make you feel like you are experiencing nature and the elements first hand. There was so many times during this book that I felt Katherine was sharing her wisdom of life. A wisdom that should be passed onto many generations to come. A book to enjoy and savour, it will leave its memory with you...just as any visit to the hills and lochs of North Scotland will.
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Katherine Stewart wrote in her book A Croft in the Hills, about three people (herself, her husband Jim and young daughter, Helen) taking to the hills 1,000 feet above Loch Ness to live "quiet lives, hill-top farming under a wide sky".

She writes with beautiful simplicity, as a woman that can turn hardship into something to be valued and the simple things we daily take for granted into treasures. We could all do with a good healthy dollop of her spirit - the world would be a much finer place for it.

"When you have lived for a few years in the bare uplands, where life has been precarious from the start, you learn, first, not to panic. Then you are ready to love wholeheartedly what need no longer be feared. You become so deeply involved in the true drama of cherishing life itself that mere attitudes and the pursuit of possessions are discarded as absurd. You discover that under snow there is bread, the secret bread, that sustains."
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This is a charming tale of a bygone age. A couple decide to give up life in the fast lane to try farming on a croft in Scotland. Life without running water and limited electricity is unimaginable now- but their life was so rewarding despite these tough living conditions. It brought back wonderful memories of my dad's stories about hill farming when he was a child. It really is an evocative tale.
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This is a wonderful book. Simply written, it describes in great detail everyday life on a small Highland croft. Of course the period it relates to seems very remote to us now, but the feelings and observations of the author seem to me still highly relevant today. I found her descriptions of landscapes and incidents memorable and her own reflections often very moving. The sort of book which lightens your heart and helps you put the trivia of daily life in our present materialistic world in its proper place. I will definitely return to this book when I want comfort and inspiration.
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After having read this book, the first thing I wanted to do was get away to the Scottish Highlands and live the life of a crofter. Makes us realise that although it is hard to adjust to this type of life, it is probably one of the most rewarding. Leaving the rate race would suit me perfectly, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading someone's else's experience.
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Its abit repetitive in the middle of the book about the crops. Its a relaxing book to read. I think I would of enjoyed having a holiday at the croft in spring time, that would be right up my street. I'm glad to hear about Helens life at the end.
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It was clearly written along time ago; some details missing which made me want to have answers; lots of personal opinions quite abit of repetition, Would have liked more interesting stories. Wasn't what I expected.
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Again having ready many books of this genre this is amongst the best of the genre offering a useful social history as well as the expected collection of anecdotes and is is somewhat better written than most of its kind. A nice well written read.
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