Watery Ways

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Valerie Poore #ad - In this account of her first year of living on a barge in rotterdam's Oude Haven, Valerie Poore’s overriding impression is that “one of the first things you learn about living on a barge is that an awful lot of stuff is going to end up in the water”. The year in question is 2001, and at forty something, the author takes the plunge to exchange her life in the corporate fast lane of Johannesburg, for life on a historic Dutch barge.

She meets a whole world of fascinating people, not least of whom are an endlessly smiling, an intellectual, but absent minded ‘landlord’, but quirky friend and confidante and an old world charmer whose mastery at the helm wins more than just her respect. She also learns how to cope with the sometimes strenuous demands of casting ropes and negotiating locks when acting as skipper’s mate during numerous nail-biting watery adventures.

Watery Ways #ad - If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to live on a barge, this book may be the bait that hooks you; whatever your reaction, it will certainly give you an off beat and amusing insight into the ways of living on the water. Every month brings new challenges, obstacles and experiences.

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African Ways Again: More recollections of life in South Africa

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#ad - More bittersweet than the first book, Val and her family move down the mountain from the farm where they spent the three happy years described in African Ways. This is the sequel to African Ways. It tells what happened next in valerie Poore's life in South Africa's rural Kwa-Zulu Natal in the 1980s. In this second book, life changes dramatically for the author and her small daughters, but the anecdotes she shares are still filled with colour, humour and everything that she loves about Africa and its people.

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African Ways

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#ad - African Ways #ad - This is the story of a young woman’s first encounters with rural South Africa. Coming from the all-mod-cons society of britain at the beginning of the 1980’s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal. Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of africawith the help of a charming, elderly Dutch couple, an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund of local knowledge.

These are tales of a different kind of life, drought, whichinclude living without electricity, hand-milking cows, veld fires and mad-cap adventures into the unknown. They are stories told with deep affection and respect, and above all a liberal dose of tongue-in-cheek humour.

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Harbour Ways

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Rivergirl Publications #ad - Told with with valerie's usual tongue-in-cheek humour, Harbour Ways can be read as a stand alone memoir or as the follow on to Watery Ways. Harbour ways is the sequel to watery Ways, Valerie Poore's first memoir about living on a barge in Rotterdam's Oude Haven in the Netherlands. This second book tells of the first two years that she owned her own barge, the Vereeniging, and how she converts it from an empty hull into a home.

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Two Old Fools Down Under

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Ant Press #ad - Accompanied by their enthusiastic new puppy, Lola, adventures abound, both heartwarming and terrifying. Will the two old fools embrace the Aussie way of life or is it time to stop gallivanting around the globe and return to Britain? New york times bestselling author* When Vicky and Joe wave goodbye to their beloved Spanish village, they face their future in Australia with some trepidation.

Now they must build a new life amongst strangers, snakes, and spiders the size of saucers.

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Highveld Ways: Recollections of life in Johannesburg in the 1990s

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#ad - This is the third book about the author's life in South Africa. Anecdotal rather than chronological, this book mixes the ups and downs of family life with history, political change and descriptions of local places. The family move house five times and each new home brings its own memories and adventures, including trips to Namibia, Zimbabwe and other parts of South Africa.

While no story about south africa at the time can escape the often violent lead-up to the changes, the places and above all, Valerie's memories are focused on the events, the people who filled her life at the time. In highveld ways, valerie and her daughters join her husband in Johannesburg and begin a decade of life in and around the city.

Highveld Ways: Recollections of life in Johannesburg in the 1990s #ad - The backcloth to this memoir is the turbulent political upheaval of the early nineties as well as the emergence of the New South Africa under Nelson Mandela. To do the decade justice would really take five books, not one, so the intention is rather to give an impression of what it was was like to live in Johannesburg in the notorious nineties.

During the years that follow her arrival in 1989, Valerie explores the Highveld area on which Johannesburg is built and despite her rural leanings, she learns to love South Africa's biggest, baddest city and its environs.

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Living on Rocks: A Memoir of Sangria and Cyclones

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#ad - Award-winning blogger. When rieley writes, you feel as if you are there at his side and I know I will never look at a Hotel bathtub the same again!” Pat Duckworth. Living on rocks - a memoir of sangria and cycloneshave you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country,  not speaking the language? what happens when things go wrong and you’re ill with a mysterious disease? More to the point, what happens when you come face to face with a Category 5 Cyclone during hurricane season? If you have ever thought of living abroad you may want to read these expat stories from the Spanish island of Mallorca and the British Virgin Islands, YOU MAY WANT TO READ LIVING ON ROCKS FIRST.

This book is a compilation of travel memoirs over the past 18 years. Dr j b rieley was living on Saphir, his sixth boat when hurricane Irma struck, the worst in Atlantic history. Living in spain as an expat for 15-years I can so relate to this book. Learning the language and different customs, making friends, dealing with officialdom and of course those curved-ball life-events thrown at you when least expected.

Living on Rocks: A Memoir of Sangria and Cyclones #ad - A hugely enjoyable read and such an antidote to the usual stressful daily life. James Newton. The mallorca tales are a well-written snapshot into expat life. Vicki McLeod. Best selling author of ‘hot Women Rock’“I love books about expats that relocate to other countries.

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Walloon Ways: Three years as a weekend Belgian

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Rivergirl Publications #ad - With her partner, Koos, she embarked on a life of weekend residency in Belgium. In 2003, val poore bought her dream: a barge with a garden in Brussels. However, it also includes the areas around Brussels and a few not-to-be-forgotten forays into Flanders. If you don't know belgium, this could be the starter that gives you a taste for more!

Walloon Ways: Three years as a weekend Belgian #ad - For three years, they explored the lovely Walloon countryside as well as the Belgian river and canal network while they made their floating home habitable. This collection of recollections, towns and rural areas, anecdotes and observations focuses mostly on Wallonia: its waterways, not to mention their encounters with the charming French-speaking Walloons.

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Faring to France on a Shoe

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Rivergirl's Books #ad - Written as a journal, the reader joins them on their travels through rain and shine and reveals how day by day, Val learns to cast aside the stresses and demands of the real world and to appreciate life's simplest of pleasures to the full. After seven years of owning their barge, Hennie-Ha, seven years involving catastrophe and crisis, Val and her partner finally go 'faring' to France for the first time.

It tells a gentle story about how they experience their life on board during the four weeks they spend cruising. And why 'faring to france on a shoe'? Well, download a sample and then all will be clear, or just have a 'look inside'! A travelogue about a dream come true. This travelogue is about the places they visit and the people they meet along the canals on their route from the Netherlands, through Belgium and into northern France.

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Settling Down - The Reluctant Expat: Part Four

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Unblinkered Press #ad - Settling down is the fourth and final instalment of the rELUCTANT EXPAT, Alan Laycock’s light-hearted account of his life in Spain.

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Getting Ahead - The Reluctant Expat: Part Three

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Unblinkered Press #ad - Getting ahead is the third instalment of the reluctant EXPAT, Alan Laycock’s light-hearted account of his life in Spain. The fourth and final part of Alan’s story is now available.

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