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Beachcomber Cottage

Beachcomber Cottage

A diary of his time in picturesque Sand Bay, Monty's story takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from auspicious beginnings as he builds the cottage he'll call home and meets a rich cast of local characters, and into dark days when he yearns for the trappings of urban existence. Armed with little more than optimism and a basic knowledge of DIY, Monty lives off the land, raising sheep, pigs and Highland Cattle, growing his own vegetables and fishing in the burns. It's a survival story set against the most dramatic landscape in Europe - and proof that you don't have to travel to the farthest reaches of the world to have a life-changing adventure. Published to coincide with a major BBC series, Beachcomber Cottage is a book for anyone who has dreamed of living a more meaningful life.

I had always wanted to know if the dream we all have of escaping the rat race holds true. Having been profoundly touched by Gavin Maxwell's book Ring of Bright Water as a child, I decided to move to a tiny bothy on the west cost of Scotland to see if reality matched the fantasy. I hasten to add that I'm certainly no survival expert, being somewhat notorious amongst my friends down south for being a blithering incompetent at DIY and cooking, and being on my own!. The book tells the story of the magical place I found, and the alchemy of my personal journey through the good times and the bad. It is mainly anecdotal, not really and DIY, cooking or wildlife guide, I hope it reads slightly more as a diary of the ups and downs of living the simple life, which turns out to be bloody complicated. I found a very special place in Applecross, the small fishing and crofting community where the bothy is based, and the memory of the last six months will stay with me forever. Hopefully this comes across in the book. Beachcomber Cottage.

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