This Way to the Sea: The True Story of a New Life with an Old Love

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Allen & Unwin, 2007 - Banana growers - 262 pages
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A funny, involving and moving account of Gillian Nicholson and her husband's journey from being city slickers to finding contentment on their piece of paradise.

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Page 68 - MENDING WALL Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where they have left not one stone on a stone, But they would have the rabbit out of hiding, To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean, No one has seen them made or heard them made, But at spring mending-time we find them...
Page 22 - I'd ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa.
Page 228 - It seems you can't have gracious living and Goannas. Shiny villas multiply On what were quite attractive bits of land, And we'll be getting sewerage by and by. Down where Macpherson's smithy used to stand They've built a supermarket on the sly. "It's progress", says my neighbour; "Things expand.
Page 144 - To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
Page 37 - They say it's not the end of the earth, but you can see it from there.
Page 189 - Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day.
Page 100 - Nature, it is wrong to forget that we are ourselves part of Nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.
Page 130 - Roquefort is made from the milk of only one breed of sheep, it is made in only one place in France, and it is made in only one special way ... Coke you can buy anywhere in the world and it is exactly the same.
Page 213 - Because, you know, the more I think about it the more I feel it's bunk, this self-made business.
Page 6 - All you need is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

About the author (2007)

Gillian Nicholson is a highly experienced journalist and magazine editor, now working freelance since her move to Grassy Head. This is her first book.

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