I think you would have to fit all the categories I listed above for it to be a really pleasing read. There is no doubt that Kay Sexton has lived an unusual life spent time in a nudist colony in France , that she knows how to present her quirky tales well, but the truth is that there isn't any one thing that really grabbed my interest about this If you like quirky little books, gardening and a glimpse into a different culture anyone not from rural UK , then this could possibly be a book for you. There is no doubt that Kay Sexton has lived an unusual life spent time in a nudist colony in France , that she knows how to present her quirky tales well, but the truth is that there isn't any one thing that really grabbed my interest about this book.
While entertaining, educational about garden allotments in the UK, a nice slice of UK allotment culture, I put this book down entertained but the book just didn't have oomph throughout. Having said that, the book contained a recipe in each chapter.
Some looked pretty good and original. Gossipy stories about her fellow allotment holders were reminiscent of coffee shop chatter. In synopsis, cute book but not sure it is worth the money unless the reader has a penchant for a first-hand account of UK garden allotment life. View all 6 comments. Aug 01, Louise rated it really liked it. A lovely easy quick read.
Great for aspiring allotmenteers like me! Bought by a lovely friend of mine as a leaving present. Some interesting stories, little tips and a few recipes. Jul 09, Fran Slimon rated it it was amazing. This has been a wonderful book to read. I think I have driven my family mad telling them little gems of information and recipes from it over the last few days, but I couldn't put it down or stop referring to it! Being a beginner allotment holder, it was delightful to find a book which was accessible, so many others I've been handed were incomprehensible for the beginner and very off putting.
This book on the other hand, has been a treasure. The style is warm, charming and friendly and Kay really This has been a wonderful book to read. The style is warm, charming and friendly and Kay really brings to life allotment life.
Her tips and advice seem very doable and have made me feel positive and excited about my gardening rather than daunted at the overwhelming task! Her recipes look delicious and I don't think this will be a book I shelve, I think it will be one I refer to on a regular basis as I grow in allotment confidence and start to build up my own repertoire of experiences and recipes! Reading this had made me want to spend all of my spare minutes on my allotment, which I suppose is half the battle to achieving a successful, cultivated area! There really is nothing better than being outdoors, amongst nature, growing and harvesting my own produce and this book has made me all the more sure of this.
Even more, it has given me ways to do this! Sep 16, Amanda rated it really liked it. Allotment holders are quirky all right. Devotees, dabblers, veterans and newbies. I am currently an allotment sharer. I've been a volunteer and a co-worker. This year the sharing has led to despairing-my windowsill cultivations were all ravaged.
The plot soon resembled a grassy field again after clearing the original grassy field to make four beautiful seedbeds. Oh, they were lovely.
My mud buddy went up earlier this week and spent five hours clearing for us to start again this autumn with aaaaa Allotment holders are quirky all right. My mud buddy went up earlier this week and spent five hours clearing for us to start again this autumn with aaaaall the slug pellets. So yes, I know a bit about allotments.
I think it was my knowledge and experience that contributed to my immense enjoyment of this book. I recognised so many characters in it. The old guard chaps accessorised their look with a roll-up stuck to their bottom lip'.
Kay is an allotment lover who is able to share misadventures past in a very engaging way. This book certainly makes me feel better about being in it for the long haul and taking setbacks on the chin, however frustrating. As well as wry observations and one particularly fascinating saga, there are tried and tested growing tips plus delicious recipes. When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards self-sufficiency for her family. Instead, she finds herself in a strange world of arcane rules and regulations and hose-pipe standoffs.
After a rocky start, she finds her mud-caked Wellingtoned feet and successfully navigates her way through allotment-keeping: Witty, well-observed and with mouth-watering recipes, this book is for anyone who dreams of a slice of the good life.
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Product details File Size: Summersdale March 1, Publication Date: March 1, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kay Sexton has a great sense of humor and a great writing style, so needless to say, she already won me over for those reasons alone. The book is like Louisiana gumbo If you want a realistic view on what allotment life is like, it's in the book.
You want to understand what allotment life is, vivid explanations are in the book. You want a few juicy stories about other people's business? You can find those in the book too. How about a few recipes and guidance on what to do with the fruit of your labor? It's all in the book. She mentions the poor woman who was locked in her shed by her husband at the end of the day. He was listening to his iPod and failed to hear her cries. The tone is conversational. A first for me!
Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life [Kay Sexton] on domaine-solitude.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Amusing tales about the. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Kay Sexton has been a finalist for several writing awards including the Sunday Times Short Story Award
Her equipment lists are good. There are sections that cover the growers that like to take summer holidays and still want to harvest when they return. She has made five asparagus beds in twelve years with good results. When I think of the shoe strings standing limply in our asparagus bed year two I hang my head in shame and want to reach for the vodka bottle immediately.
Just Devine the meat is never dry and the sauce is amazing. The plot soon resembled a grassy field again after clearing the original grassy field to make four beautiful seedbeds. Apr 12, Katina Ferguson rated it it was amazing. Reading this had made me want to spend all of my spare minutes on my allotment, which I suppose is half the battle to achieving a successful, cultivated area! There are sections that cover the growers that like to take summer holidays and still want to harvest when they return. Some looked pretty good and original.
Kay worked on allotments for 19 years as a co-worker before she finally got her own plot. A spirited journey that brings loads of experience and memorable tales to this book. Minding My Peas and Cucumbers is the perfect present for allotment holding readers and wannabe allotment holders alike. This is not a step by step allotment guide — there are plenty of good down to earth books that cover that. Since reading Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life I often think of Kay and the characters portrayed in this fabulous book.