SOMERSET is undergoing a continental drift unseen in
Glastonbury’s mystical mists. The naming of America has
something to do with a county camel, and throughout our
rural idyll, strange grass grows as high as an elephant’s eye,
whilst sheep get inferiority complexes from alpacas. Even
woolly pigs are now out there. Within our towns, pubs are
being replaced by coffee bars and barmaids morph into
baristas. Without spelling it out, surely this cannot be legal.
And such is the cost of food, a security van might be a
better option than plastic bags to carry our groceries home.
Indeed, these are times of change.
From upon high church towers the hunky punks are
screaming.Yet, the owls still hoot, dormice snooze, and
badgers bulldoze. Spiders remain the webmasters and deer
always taste nice. As ever, dumbledores sting, river trout are
ticklish, sea fishing is pollocks, fezzies are daft, and grockles
Through snow siege, by way of primrose and purple
heather, to cidrous apple press, local history, like many a
burrowing creature, is always there for unearthing, with
opportunities arising to put a few things straight.
In this sequel to his bestseller, How to Survive in Somerset,
Charles Wood ‘desnuglifies’ himself from beneath a
Wiveliscombe duvet to rediscover that beyond his warped
blue front door the English county he loves is still alive and
kicking.And not only a rugby ball, boundary rope or cottage
cat. Friends, such as Hairy John and the maker of daisy
brandy, are well met again while others are introduced.
And, the puggle ‘eaded bibblers in the ‘Bearin’ Up’ never
cease to gossip. All, like the author, are just surviving another
Illustrated by the author.
Charles Wood gave up the legal
profession, and the stress of work in Libya
and Hong Kong, yearning for the artistic
life. For the past twenty years he has just
about managed to avoid wearing a tie to
work or getting grubby. Instead he has
preferred to eke out an existence in the
Somerset custom of self-employment. As
a self-taught documentary filmmaker he
has made over thirty films. His ‘Somerset
the Summerland’ and ‘Exmoor – An English Wild
Kingdom’ sold in their thousands
finding their way into many a Somerset
and grockle home. His film ‘Dragons – the
Story of a Country Parson’ was broadcast
on HTV in 1999. And in 2005 he was the
first Englishman to win a documentary
film award in the Republic of Moldova.
Charles has also found time to be full time
Dad of four, a writer of fairy tales,
an illustrator, a part-time college lecturer,
a part-time school teacher, an occasional
broadcaster on BBC Somerset Sound, a
cameraman forWestcountry television
news and have a heart transplant. He
now admits to an enjoyment of poddling
through the lighter side of life’s rich
tapestry, relieved that he has never been
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 967 7, hardback, 216x138mm, 160 pages. Published October 2009.
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