The Lonely Tumbling Waters

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Author House, Nov 23, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 152 pages
From infant memories in a heavily bombed post-war naval city, to the sudden upheaval and arrival in a resin-scented, traditional Highland glen, the boy experienced a steep learning curve. It was, however, to quickly become a part of his nature as he wandered alone, observing and empathising with the wild creatures then engaging in the manual skills of survival where technology was still a distant idea. Biddable in behaviour because of childhood and army training, but a rebel by nature, the author wanders through his life experiences which would make Health and Safety quail and the politically correct throw up their hands in horror, but he has recorded the way of life in order that his grandchildren will have a history. You are invited to join.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Woodland Sprite
7
Life Changes
9
A Country School
19
The Long Barrow
23
The March Brown
27
The Hazel Bush
31
The Glens of Earlier Times
35
The Happy Harvest Days
81
Days at the Walking
85
A Lesson Perhaps
87
Slowworms and Adders
91
A Growing Philosophy
95
The South Side of Loch Ness
97
The Highland WarpipeMy Army Years
101
Applecross
111

Ten and a Bit
39
The Brickie
43
Postwar Wanderings
45
The Iron Generation
53
A Rabbit Screams
57
Natures First Aid
59
Sunday Biscuits
63
A Wasp Byke
67
Other Senses
69
Red Heather and White Flags
77
A Return to Country Life
113
A Chain of Lochans
123
The Later Years
127
Window Ponderings
131
More From the Window
133
The Rolling Stone
135
Cultural Changes
139
And So To the Original Reason for Writing This Book
141
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About the author (2011)

Born in the south of England during the last stages of World War Two, the author was raised in a Highland glen where his education on life, the three 'R's and nature began. After his army years which began at the age of fifteen, when he became a marksman and athlete, gaining his Pipe Majors qualification, he then went to work on Applecross Estate where he was invited into the deer stalking and management team. The latter half of his stalking vocation was spent as head stalker and he became one of the main contributors to Stalking Magazine during its life of sixteen years, assisting as an instructor on various deer courses. Now retired to a corner of the estate which had been virtually isolated for sixty years, he and his wife, Gwendy, have created, along with their neighbour, an 'oasis' for the smaller mammals and birds on an otherwise wild coastline. Their sustenance and way of life depends upon hard work and the perquisites rendered by nature. The Author still engages in deer watching and occasional management culling, but now mainly as a guest in the southern woodlands.

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