Scenes from a Smallholding : From the Popular Series in the HDRA Magazine the "Organic Way" Paperback
by Chas Griffin
In 1982 the Griffins left the security of suburbia to grow garlic in West Wales.
This is a funny and sometimes touching, warts-and-all account of their first three years: of how they learned lambing and marketing and ploughing and hay-making: and of the dung-sodden joys of milking and the surreal terrors of bee-keeping.
Be amused. Be very amused. Scenes from a Smallholding is by turns challenging, touching, and informative; but above all, it is very funny.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 256
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/05/2005
- Category: Biography: business & industry
- ISBN: 9780091905071
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Review by samsheep
I feel a bit mean giving it only 2 stars - I liked Chas, his attitude and his life choices very much indeed but the book was hard work. A hodge-podge of old articles and interspersed narrative describing his family's move to Wales to take up a smallholding and become self-sufficient. I liked the insight into the realities of the venture and the farming details, but the bad "dad" jokes throughout got more and more painful.