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Title: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: offthegridandy on February 22, 2017, 10:56:47 AM
I hope I'm not the only one who still reads books for pleasure. I recently lent and have just had returned one of my favourites.

I Bought a Mountain by Thomas Firbank.

A Canadian who came to Wales in the 1930's and bought a Snowdon Hill farm and had adventures learning his way around.

One chapter describes damming a small valley with turf, excavating leats across the hills to pick up more streams.  Then having a Hydro system installed to give leccy for the house and shearing pens.

Another chapter includes a story of taking mature pigs to market with the porker escaping from the "back of the car" and trapping some poor soul in the public conveniences in Bethesda.

It's a carrpy day out side now so give your self a treat and have a read, I thoroughly recommend it.

Andy


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: camillitech on February 22, 2017, 11:05:52 AM

Another chapter includes a story of taking mature pigs to market with the porker escaping from the "back of the car" and trapping some poor soul in the public conveniences in Bethesda.


Andy

 :hysteria  :hysteria Yup, I can relate to that our pigs 'free range' over a few hundred acres

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and despite all the signs I've put up

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people are still surprised to see them.

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They're even more surprised when they try and get in the car or tent though  :hysteria  :hysteria


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: chasfromnorfolk on February 22, 2017, 11:48:26 AM
Encouraging enough review  for me - snaffled one from eBay. Only wish it was on the iBook list, sounds the sort of read for a holiday.
Cheers Andy
Chas


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: biff on February 22, 2017, 01:55:05 PM
Yes Andy,
       I will give that book a go, thanks. I am in the middle of an" Unforgivable Blackness" by G.C Ward.
  Not bad, I fell out of the bookcase and there was Jack Johnston on the cover.
  It tells you an awful lot about America.
                                 Biff


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: skyewright on February 22, 2017, 04:38:51 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like my kind of book (actually I have many categories of 'my kind of book' - we don't have a TV).

At least some sellers seem to consider this one a collectors item (i.e. silly money), but I found a reasonably priced one on a river related popular online supplier...  ;D

PS. If you want an amusing farming related read sometime try 'Clarts and Calamities The Diary of a Peasant Farmer' by Henry Brewis.

I'll borrow a description I just found on the 'popular online supplier' (it's probably on the jacket, but I can't lay my hands on my copy just now

"A fictional but very believable farming year in diary form: 'This is a year in the life of a bloke who'll never drive a Porsche, seldom wear a tie, and doesn't commute to work, because he's there already. He's been there since the first ewe lambed, the first cow was milked and the first field harvested . and he still hasn't made any money (or so he says).'".


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: offthegridandy on February 22, 2017, 06:27:09 PM
I think Henry Brewis has produced a number of farming related cartoon/books.  Well worth a read and giggle.


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: donegal on February 22, 2017, 06:59:02 PM
I certainly agree with Andy on this one, a very enjoyable read, my recall is that whilst i was reading it i felt i should be outside
doing something worthwhile such as digging drains, building walls, etc.. anything but sitting around reading a book.

Biff, ive a copy i can drop over, if your interested.


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: biff on February 22, 2017, 08:09:23 PM
Hi Donegal,
           That is very decent of you, Thank you,
  If you could give me a ring before you land over, I will make sure to be here..
  Bad storm forecast for tomorrow and will affect you,, so don,t forget to tie everything down.
                                         Biff


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: TheFairway on February 23, 2017, 10:24:27 AM
Thanks for recommendation. I bought used from AbeBooks.co.uk (https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/i-bought-a-mountain/author/thomas-firbank/) - seem to be plenty more available at reasonable price and condition for those interested - unlike huge prices on Amazon... Never used AbeBooks before so its not a recommendation.


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: offthegridandy on February 23, 2017, 11:19:49 AM
Hope you guys enjoy a read then.

Shall I issue a reading list for this term?


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: mike-b- on February 24, 2017, 09:38:15 AM
yes please not to technical i am a bit dim!  ::) I Bought a copy too looking forward to it coming.

cheers


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: biff on February 24, 2017, 11:20:39 PM
Hi Donegal,
         Thank you for the book. Just missed you by seconds. Had hands full with kids/scrabble and cooking.
          Will look after the book carefully until you get it back :crossed
                                                  Biff


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: TheFairway on February 28, 2017, 07:41:02 PM
Flipin heck - im going to need to buy a pair of glasses to be able to read it as the text is so small.

My copy arrived today. Not great condition (pages very yellow but otherwise fair) but it was printed in 1975 and was only a couple of quid so can be excused. I expect a few people have enjoyed this copy. Probably had better eyes than mine.


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: skyewright on March 01, 2017, 03:34:57 PM
My copy arrived today. Not great condition (pages very yellow but otherwise fair) but it was printed in 1975 and was only a couple of quid so can be excused. I expect a few people have enjoyed this copy. Probably had better eyes than mine.
My copy cost a couple of quid more than that but even so I was surprised to find that it turned out to be an original 1946 printing. Obviously well read, but very fair condition. The print size is not large, but not unusually small either - I'll put my reading glasses on when I settle down to it, but for comfort rather than necessity.


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: chasfromnorfolk on March 08, 2017, 09:19:11 AM
Well, Cheers#1 Andy, finished 'mountain' last night, and what a good read it is too. It reminded me of Henry Williamson's ' A story of a Norfolk Farm' which similarly charts a relative novice in pre-war farming - though of a different kind and without the irritating sanctimoniousness. Mine copy too was a curiously miniature paperback edition, I'll look out for a hardback to keep. Boy, these guys had energy. Fair wore me out just reading about it, and as for Esme...

Chas


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: biff on March 17, 2017, 09:52:24 AM
  Finally,
        I got time to finish the book. Thomas drove off on Arabella to the continent in 1939 and never returned to live in Dyffryn. In 1947 he signed the place over to Esme or Mrs Kirby so he made the break without malice which was decent of him. She farmed Dyffryn for 70 years and Thomas , who remarried, lived to a respectable 90 years, so dipping sheep did not seem to affect their lifespan terribly.
 Esme was an interesting lady and by all accounts liked to have her way, Initially i thought that Thomas was the driving force but no, it was Esme the relentless one.Interestingly, Thomas came out at Dunkirk and then went desert fighting, suffering from sun blindness but served with distinction,He wrote another book, " I bought a Star" his second marriage produced two daughters. Esme caught mumps in her late teens, Esme was the kind of lady that I could certainly admire but from a distance. Her driving would cure any romantic notions in me :hysteria. It is possible that she was having a laugh at her passengers expense but i doubt it. She was just a totally reckless driver. Both of them in their day unashamedly loved speed and drove everywhere at full throttle.
                    Biff
  PS Donegal, I will drop your copy down to you next time I am down your way or maybe you might be passing by here, I will pm you. Thanks,
 


Title: Re: I Bought a Mountain.
Post by: offthegridandy on March 17, 2017, 05:54:11 PM
I'm so pleased you've all enjoyed the book,  I love the chapter about putting in the turbine . Also the character who can carry huge slabs of stone.  "Lift them "Flammers on my back" and off he goes up the hill with a massive load.

Now this months good read will probably be classified as science fiction/fantasy.  Don't be put of.  It's an exploration of post apocalypse living and how nature could rapidly start to heal in the virtual absence of mankind. The central character is a geologist who survives (obviously) the disaster which overtakes man and as a scientist he starts to observe the changes about him.  As he gathers other survivors to him a small beacon is lit in the darkness and life goes on, differently.

 I've no idea if this is in print but I've reread it quite a few times and think it's a good read.

Earth Abides. By George R Stewart.

First published Victor Gollancz 1950, wow didn't realise it was to forward looking at it's time.  Corgi edition reissued 1973.

Cheers.

Andy