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"the bit in the middle"
Book is just about complete - give or take another week or so. Then it goes out to others to edit and de-construct! Title: the bit in the middle . Length: 56000 words. Publication date: January 2015 with a bit of luck - as an ebook initially, and then...

Posted: 18 November 2014 22:21 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Book, third draft, well underway
Third draft of the book is well underway. Updates can be found at www.patrickvickery.com which also links to Twitter, which displays the most current progress. The book has 3 main sections - County Cork in Southern Ireland, the New Forest in Hampshire...

Posted: 25 May 2014 01:04 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Introduction/Quotes/Lack of a title/Ebook
The intro of the new book can now be found on the home page at www.patrickvickery.com The book has yet to be given a title. It was possibly "The Hampshire Highlander" but this idea has now been discarded for a variety of reasons. Daily quotes...

Posted: 25 April 2014 20:27 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Churchill's ash tapper
A brief extract from the forthcoming book: "...He met Winston Churchill once, he told me, on board a yacht owned by the Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, that was anchored off the island of St Lucia. By this time Winston was an old man,...

Posted: 28 March 2014 23:55 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Football, pies and chanting - at a derby match
"…I was at a football match in Dingwall some years ago, Ross County versus Caley Thistle, a Highland Derby match, the game was nearly over, a lull in activity on the pitch, when a young guy appeared in the main stand with two dozen pies. Got...

Posted: 25 March 2014 21:49 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Book complete
The first draft of the book is now complete. Currently 62,500 words, or thereabouts. The fun starts now. I am looking forward to it. More drafts to come. Read More...

Posted: 07 March 2014 23:59 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Series of book extracts
Series of book extracts now appearing monthly in the local Tain and District Post. And in a very haphazard fashion. (You have to be local to buy this). Book word count around 50,000 just now. For the writers out there (for what it is worth - and you may...

Posted: 23 January 2014 00:30 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

New book extract/Alex Ferguson of Manchester United.
New book extract, a brief one: http://www.patrickvickery.com/index.asp?pageid=534753 First draft, I reckon, will be completed mid 2014. Book at 47,000 words just now. I am currently reading the Alex Ferguson autobiography (an excellent Christmas present...

Posted: 05 January 2014 23:45 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Book update - and stuff
Book has reached 43,000 words to date. Getting there. Officially now of novel status (I think). Final draft - when complete and sorted - to be edited by a man called Bob in America. He runs www.emilycompost.com website. There will be other editors as...

Posted: 18 December 2013 16:10 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

New Book extract on web
Book reaches 32,000 words. Getting there slowly New extract from book at: http://www. patrickvickery.com/index.asp?page id=519283 … Some local characters met over the years. Read More...

Posted: 25 October 2013 14:45 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

October Update
Book hits the 30,000 word mark. This has taken a year to achieve. Slow but sure. I am getting there. Another 10,000 words and it ceases to be a novella and moves into the realm of non-fiction novel. "....Being a self-employed gardener can be problematic...

Posted: 13 October 2013 21:50 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

October Update
Book hits the 30,000 word mark. This has taken a year to achieve. Slow but sure. I am getting there. Another 10,000 words and it ceases to be a novella and moves into the realm of non-fiction novel. "....Being a self-employed gardener can be problematic...

Posted: 13 October 2013 21:50 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

the memory scent is getting stronger
re book progress: I hit the 20,000 word mark yesterday. 80,000 words to go. I have reached 1987, the year we moved to the highlands, so the memory scent is getting stronger as each page is written. The next 80,000 words is contemporary highland life,...

Posted: 10 August 2013 21:29 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

The Hampshire Highlander
The forthcoming book (not so forthcoming as I have only written about a fifth of it so far) may be called The Hampshire Highlander . A possibility anyway. Two extracts can be found at www.patrickvickery.com . Both appeared in the Ross-shire Journal recently...

Posted: 06 August 2013 18:32 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Deep experience is evident in using rain to avoid bees
" Deep experience is evident in using rain to avoid bees.." A comment received from one of my garden clients as I explained that I had come a day earlier to cut the hedge as the rain would keep the bees and wasps at bay. Excellent comment, although...

Posted: 06 August 2013 18:28 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

An extract from the new book in progress
"The poet, Dylan Thomas, was also a near neighbour. His family home at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive was close by. Gwyneth knew the family well although she was not overly keen on the young poet himself - “Dubious lifestyle”. I recall her being critical...

Posted: 27 July 2013 22:46 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

An extract from the new book in progress
"The poet, Dylan Thomas, was also a near neighbour. His family home at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive was close by. Gwyneth knew the family well although she was not overly keen on the young poet himself - “Dubious lifestyle”. I recall her being critical...

Posted: 27 July 2013 22:46 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Update - contemporary life in the Scottish Highlands, Brora, fish and chips and a dog walk.
Must check spelling of 'contemporary'.Extract from the new book (work in progress - currently 17000 words or so) on the SRN website tomorrow: http://www.ruralgateway.org.uk/ Extract was in the Ross-shire Journal Newspaper last week. Book progresses...

Posted: 10 July 2013 23:05 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

A meandering ramble through the past week.
Brief extract from new book is now in print in the Tain and District Post magazine (June edition). More to follow in future monthly editions. Email contacts this past week include Queen Anne's School in Caversham (an ex pupil who left in 1945 was...

Posted: 01 June 2013 01:21 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Book Update
2nd draft of book at 10,000 words completed. A brief extract (850 words) can be found in the June 1st issue of the Tain and District Post for any one local who wants a quick look. Characters mentioned so far - Ted MacDougal (a triple hat trick in 1971...

Posted: 19 May 2013 18:21 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

snow in may
May 3rd. It's snowing outside! Book update - 2nd draft - 7000 words. Looking good. Read More...

Posted: 03 May 2013 23:32 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

Scottish Highlands - 2013
Good result for Inverness Caley Thistle today. Well done, Terry Butcher. I was there! Book is coming on well - a good description of the Scottish Highlands in the 21st Century - politics, music, football, significant characters.......and plenty more....

Posted: 17 March 2013 00:52 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

canal work,the book update, gardens (of course) and music (inevitably)
Drilling, digging, probing and filling - canal work today. Not in someone's garden, but in my mouth! Root canal work at the dentist. Aaargh. An update on the book : I have articles (about 50,000 words), I have a diary dating back to January 2007 Read...

Posted: 06 March 2013 23:38 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

on holiday
Just finished "the autobiography of Roy Keane's dog" book, it's called 'Triggs'. Highly recomended. I wonder what Roy Keane thought about this book? What are your thoughts, Roy? I await an "autobiography of Mick Channon's...

Posted: 13 February 2013 02:32 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

basseroles (Mrs Basserole), casseroles, bellows and.....
"........some days ‘several days’ hit you at once and everything becomes a muckle and a trackle full of Basseroles, casseroles, bellows and John Wayne fellows ..."Book about 38,000 words just now. Read More...

Posted: 03 February 2013 21:15 by A Gardening Man's musings on life, gardening, music and incidental things [Edit]

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