Breakfast on the Patio

Sheila Anne Douthwaite All at Ivy Cottage

Anyone who has ever longed to move from the city to the Lincolnshire countryside, perhaps inspired by the idea of open skies, relative peace and farming one's own patch of land will find some interest in this firsthand account of making precisely that move.  Breakfast on the Patio is essentially a compendium of one family's experiences of renovating a home.  

At what stage in a renovation project does work become a near obsession? 

The book includes poems, to-do lists, handy suggestions on handling everything from bothersome flies to obstructive tractors.  From spotting owls and foxes to earthquakes, hauntings, home-made jam and chutney.  It's all here, amongst the paint pots, sandpaper and dust sheets - along with even more comical, life-changing and faith-inspiring stories, as well as photographs and diarist reflections upon the joys and frustrations of beginning a new life away from the hustle and bustle.  By no means an authoritative guide but a personal story - it will offer consolation to anyone starting out on a similar endeavour. 

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