Chickens, Mules And Two Old Fools

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Perhaps if Joe and Vicky had known what relocating to a tiny village, tucked in the Alpujarra mountains, would really be like, they might have hesitated... They have no idea of the culture shock in store. No idea they will become reluctant chicken farmers and own the most dangerous cockerel in Spain. No idea they will be befriended by an 85 year old spliff-smoking sex-kitten or rescued by a mule. Life is never dull as they embark on their Five Year Plan. At the end of five years they must decide. Will they stay, ...
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Perhaps if Joe and Vicky had known what relocating to a tiny village, tucked in the Alpujarra mountains, would really be like, they might have hesitated... They have no idea of the culture shock in store. No idea they will become reluctant chicken farmers and own the most dangerous cockerel in Spain. No idea they will be befriended by an 85 year old spliff-smoking sex-kitten or rescued by a mule. Life is never dull as they embark on their Five Year Plan. At the end of five years they must decide. Will they stay, or return to the relative sanity of England? Vicky and Joe's story is packed with irreverent humour, animals, eccentric characters and sunshine. 'Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools' was awarded the HarperCollins Authonomy 'Gold Star' in November 2008. 'laugh-out-loud funny...especially the Spanish women heckling over eggs from the The English...hilarious...engaging...the interspersion of recipes is charming' HarperCollins 'This is wonderful. I have tears in my eyes...the humour, the warmth, the joy...I love this book...the two of you sitting on the sofa in that dusty street listening to Spanish tunes on the crackly radio. What a sight you must have been...' Aleck Loker, author of 18 books including 'Ancient Explorers of America'. 'I love the relaxed writing style and easy humour of this. Great stuff!' Denny Gillan, author of 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow'. 'Victoria Twead is a natural storyteller with a knack for charm and wit.' Robin Bayley, author of 'The Mango Orchard'.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781906558352
  • Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
  • Publication date: 10/3/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 473,425
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    Absolutely delightful - HIGHLY recommended!

    I just couldn't put this book down and read the whole thing in one sitting. It made me laugh out loud so many times and I just wish I could move to that little Spanish mountain village where Victoria and Joe live. I loved all the characters (including the animals) and felt I knew each villager personally by the end of the book. I'm so looking forward to the sequel which is coming soon, I believe.

    I loved this book so much that I've bought several paperback copies to give away to friends.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the author. The titl

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the author.

    The title alone promises that Victoria Twead’s Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools is going to be a hilarious adventure, and that’s what you get and more!

    Vicky, the author, decides that retirement for her does not include dreary English weather. Instead she envisions a lovely house in sunny Spain and proceeds to talk her husband Joe into the idea. Ultimately, they do relocate to a strange but fascinating house in a tiny Andalucían village way up a mountain.

    As much as the very nature of the book lends itself to humor, it would all probably be quite pointless without the excellent ‘voice’ of Vicky herself. The author has the absolute knack for seeing the humor in every single thing – from the German real estate agent, to the trials of making the odd house livable, to of course, the inevitable chickens. She also has the ability to relay that humor in an engaging, friendly way that makes you feel that you’re sitting down with an old, dear friend.

    This book also has a special place in my heart because I grew up in a small, rural Catholic village in the Caribbean and many of the festivals that the author describes take me right back to my childhood. The many pictures in the book also enhance the storytelling, and helps bring many of the incidents to vivid life. Oh, I loved the addition of the Spanish recipes as well, which I’m slowly working my way through trying.

    I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a quirky look at life, and writing infused with humor and gentle sarcastic wit that will leave you laughing long after you’ve finished reading.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    I've really enjoyed this wonderful book. It is the first of a tr

    I've really enjoyed this wonderful book. It is the first of a trilogy of books recounting the adventures of Victoria and Joe who try living in Spain for five years and then they will decide whether to stay for good or return to Sussex. This is very well written and easy to read, often humorous but doesn't try too hard to be funny; some of the people they encounter are just so comical, real characters, and she captures their ways and quirks so well on the page. I love Judith's comical expressions! I like the inclusion of frequent pictures, within the writing, instead of in a clump later in the book, you don't have to keep flicking back and forth to see the pictures of what's going on. You can enlarge all these pictures easily, all in full colour so a good reading experience on a tablet/ipad/kindle fire etc as well as the paperback. What a great idea to unify the book with recipes: The book is subtitled 'Tuck into a slice of Andalucian life' and Victoria slots recipes in the book, in each chapter. These aren't just random recipes, they are dishes that occur in the action, cooked by their new Spanish friends and neighbours, dishes they have introduced to them when Victoria and Joe are eating with them etc. There are a good amount of these recipes but still plenty of 'normal book reading matter'-one reviewer on amazon said he thought the recipes were just 'fillers' to pad out the book but I don't agree, the book is plenty long enough and whets your appetite for the next instalment and the recipes are kind of like the icing on the cake, they really add to it all, lovely presentation and well thought out. There is also a recipe section at the end of the book where all these are together. Photos of the dishes are included with the recipes. I glanced at the recipes as they occurred in the story but they are also worth another look through when you have finished the book and some I really liked the look of so I will be trying them. I was intrigued by the little symbols on the book cover and they were also used in the book separating the chapters/scenes. These turn up later in the book and all is explained. Some lovely descriptions of the landscape whether she is talking about snow or greenery and sun. Her love for the country shows through in her beautiful descriptions. The book is very accurate-spelling and punctuation-wise. There are some light-hearted humorous moments, language misunderstandings, sad moments and you also learn things about the cultural differences in Spain, all really interesting. The texts and emails in the book are all effective, plenty of different writing techniques in here, all add that variety to keep you interested. The book is very entertaining and amusing, there's all the chaos in there when they make the initial trip over to Spain with their belongings, typical havoc that happens with these sort of best laid plans. I love how she always ends a chapter with a 'tempter' sentence for the next chapter, a little hint, eg, we thought so and so but we were going to find out we were wrong-so you just have to read on to find out what it was-hence I ended up reading it well into the small hours. Very enjoyable and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a true story and made me e

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a true story and made me enjoy the couple's adventure even more.  The author has a knack for describing village life in Spain while painting a vivid picture of each character.  By the end of the book I was nearly persuaded I might like chickens and that a midnight ring of the doorbell would be acceptable!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    One of the best books read in a long time.

    I absolutely loved this book. Very rare to find a book I start reading & don't want to put down, but this one is definitely one of those.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Loved every delightful minute of this book!

    I just wanted to keep reading and enjoying this wonderful adventure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Laugh Out Loud

    If ever you are feeling stuck in a rut just read or re-read this book. I laughed, commiserated with them, felt sad when they lost Santo and very much related to the story. Having lived in several foreign countries I know what it's like to have to deal with a language barrier but this lovely couple just embraced the culture and the culture embraced them.

    This book was an eye opener in many ways...it woke up my wanderlust. You will find yourself wanting to travel, go for it. Take a tip from Vicki and Joe. Make your Five Year Plan and you may be pleasantly surprised at yourself. Okay, off point here.

    The book is an easy read but it makes you think. Oh yes, try the recipes at the beginning of each chapter. Be sure to stock up on garlic...you'll need it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    This is one of the best book I've read in a long long time

    This is one of the best book I've read in a long long time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Great read! Was very interesting and exciting! Love that it is a

    Great read! Was very interesting and exciting! Love that it is a real life experience. Would recommend this to everyone to read! Also like all the recipes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    Ready for an escape??

    Another reviewer said that she felt as though she were on vacation herself while reading this book, and I have to agree. Its the middle of a dreary winter here in New York and this is just what I needed! There are so many funny and endearing parts, I felt like I wanted to jump on a plane headed for Spain and experience this myself. The description of the people and surroundings was so well done I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. The chickens....well.....you have got to read the story and you will have a new appreciation for chicken owners! I cannot say enough, this is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it to anyone. Also of note, there are mouth-watering recipes included in the book that can help you authenicate your Andalucian experience!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Escape to Spain without having to pack your bags

    I've always dreamed of moving to Spain, and this book lets me do that vicariously. Victoria Twead has a warm, engaging style that makes me feel like I'm catching up with an old friend, who's telling me about her adventures over a drink or three. We get to hear about the house hunt, the renovations, the chickens -- who knew they had such personalities! -- and, of course, the neighbours. Plus there are more than two dozen recipes, so you can recreate the dishes to get some of the tastes and scents of the tiny village described so lovingly. It's a lovely read from start to finish. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2014

    Absolutely delightful. I found this book to be enlightening,  in

    Absolutely delightful. I found this book to be enlightening,  inspireing, and hilarious. I can't remember ever laughing so hard while reading 
    a book. I feel like I want to go to El Hoyo and stop in to say "Hi!" And I know my visit would be OK. I highly recommend you go to Spain with 
    Vicky and Joe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Moth&Pheonix

    A grey shewolf with blue eyes and her fire colored brother with green eyes pad in. "Can we join?"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Titanium and co.

    Titanium pads in with a large doe
    <p> Sunshine carries a beaver
    <p> Mist topples over, being only a month old
    <p> Owl groggily follows
    <p> Hurrican trots in happily
    <p> Coal follows Hurricane

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    FrozenFlare and Nieva

    Two white wolves, brother and sister, walked in

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Queen night

    Walked in.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Klesh

    Walked off.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Rocco and Kiona

    Roco looked up and wagged his tail glad to see his old friend Kiona walk in. Her snake wrapped around her foreleg. Kiona woffed softly and licked Rocco's nose "Hello old friend."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Kax

    Gtgtb bbt

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Kuro

    "Yes! Where did they go?"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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