Off The Leash: A Dog's Best Friend

My lovely Mum brought me this over when she visited a couple of weeks ago. She knows it's one of my favourites from Facebook.

What a good laugh! I love reading the posts from 'Off the Leash' and have them tagged as 'See First' in my settings. It is one of the highlights of my day when a new one turns up. 

The book is everything you would hope and full of jokes that only dog lovers and dog owners are going to laugh at, because only we know.

It's not a deeply intellectual exercie to read thorough, but at the end of it you will have had a really good chuckle.

Five stars.

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart

Chris, ex member of Genesis, eternal optimist and itinerant sheep shearer, falls in love with the first house he sees in Andalucia, deep within southern rural Spain, and moves there with his wife Ana to a mountain finca.
No water, electricity or even access road, and strangely idiosyncratic neighbours, was this really the right place to move to, with his wife and very soon, new daughter?

But the mountains, the olives, almonds and lemons draw the whole family to a new life and over time, they make it their own.

I was bewitched by this book. I think anyone who loves travel, strange new places and the thought of setting up a new life ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ would too. It stands very well on it’s own as a book, but I also enjoy the other two ‘Lemons’ books, ‘A Parrot in the Pepper Tree.’ and ‘The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society’. A five star read.



Spanish Journals - The Posthumous Diary of an Expat: Part One - Integration. By A.R. Lowe

Brilliantly Funny!

If you are looking for a good chuckle, try this Kindle book. It is the first of a set of four books, 'Integration', 'Invasion', 'Consolidation' and 'Conclusion'. I enjoyed them all immensely although I thought this one, the first of the set was best, and the fourth, the weakest.

They feature (the clue's in the title) the diaries of one Ernest Postlethwaite, who moves to Spain with his long suffering wife and dreams of being a 'peasant' among similar stout and honorable peasants. Unfortunately for Ernest, he is utterly unsuited to the rural lifestyle, having no experience and even less talent for anything even vaguely horticultural, mechanical or practical. Neither does he have any talent for the language, which does not improve his situation.

What he does have, is a giant ego, and a sense of pomposity and snobbery that takes him far in his quest to become a horny handed son of the soil.

 Spanish Journals. The Posthumous Diaries of an Expat by A. R. Lowe.

Spanish Journals. The Posthumous Diaries of an Expat by A. R. Lowe.

The books are not long and written in a light, easy to read style. There are a number of real side-splitting moments, which I will not reveal (spoilers!), but judging by the number of other very good reviews on the book, I was not the only person to read and laugh out loud.

I read the book, because an Amazon search showed that Ernest was actually moving to an area not far at all, from where I am now living in La Safor Valley, and, Ernest's predilictions and idiosyncracies aside, the description of this area of Spain is not bad at all.

I highly recommend the book. Five Stars.

Books by A.R. Lowe