Alice Taylor takes us through her home, reflecting back on the routine of her family life growing up in rural Ireland in the 1950s - a time when food was home-baked and everything was reused. An uplifting account, full of nostalgia and wise words to treasure from Ireland's best-loved author.
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Alice Taylor remembers her childhood home - the farm with all its tools and animals, the home with its equipment for living, its daily challenges, constant hard work, and its comforts too.
She describes the huge open fireplace where all the cooking was done, where the big black kettle hung permanently from the crane over the flames; here the family sat in the evenings, talking, knitting, going over the events of the day, saying the rosary. She experienced the sow being brought indoors to have her precious brood of bonhams. She recalls the faithful, beloved horses and their wonderfully varied outfits - one set of tackle for each job they did on the farm; the ritual of lighting the oil lamps - from the fancy one in the parlour to the tiny one under the Sacred Heart picture; the excitement of threshing day and the satisfaction of a good harvest - the stations, the neighbours, and later the local dancehall and cinema.
All the jobs and tools of a way of life long gone live on in the hearts of those who were formed by it. Here Alice Taylor celebrates them all with love.
'magical ... reading the book, I felt a faint ache in my heart ... I find myself longing for those days ... it is essential reading.' Irish Independent
Taylor's gentle and affectionate view of her homeland is richly refreshing-- Library Journal
This picture of bucolic life in an earlier time, with its rutuals of religion and the antics of local characters, has universal appeal.-- Publishers Weekly
One of the most richly evocative and moving portraits of childehood [ever] written... A journey every reader will treasure and will want to read over and over again.-- Boston Herald
Taylor reminisces on her past and family life in the country ... Recollecting the memories and difficulties of the time in Ireland before electricity, public transport and convenient shopping is insightful and refreshing ... thought-provoking ... it is a reminder to our young women our voices truly matters in bringing these changes-- puremzine.com
magical ... reading the book, I felt a faint ache in my heart ... I find myself longing for those days ... this book is important social history ... remembering our past is important. Alice Taylor has given us a handbook for survival. In fact, it is essential reading-- Irish Independent
unashamedly nostalgic ... charming-- Tuam Herald
a thoroughly enjoyable read-- Irish Country Magazine