Seagulls in the Attic: Making a New Life in Cornwall

Seagulls in the Attic: Making a New Life in Cornwall PDF
  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • Seagulls in the Attic: Making a New Life in Cornwall
  • Tessa Hainsworth
  • English
  • 18 October 2017
  • 1848092636

About the Author: Tessa Hainsworth

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10 thoughts on “Seagulls in the Attic: Making a New Life in Cornwall

  1. Jules says:

    My blog post also incudes photos I ve taken of seagulls in Cornwall enjoyed Up with the Larks a few years ago, I ve actually had Seagulls in the Attic sat on my bookshelf for years waiting to be read My husband bought it fromfor me, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover it was a signed copy As it s Non fiction November I thought I d use this opportunity to finally pick this book up I ve chosen this book for the HOME category in the No My blog post also incudes photos I ve taken of seagulls in Cornwall enjoyed Up with the Larks a few years ago, I ve actually had Seagulls in the Attic sat on my bookshelf for years waiting to be read My husband bought it fromfor me, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover it was a signed copy As it s Non fiction November I thought I d use this opportunity to finally pick this book up I ve chosen this book for the HOME category in the Non fiction November 2017 challenge, seeing as I live in Cornwall these days.Whereas the first book focusesof just arriving in Cornwall and getting to know the locals and their way of life, this book isabout being settled in the community, but trying to embrace the Cornish way of life , which also includes having hens, vegetable growing, foraging, living ahumble life and a very cute, but cheeky baby seagull.In this book Tessa has hens for eggs and also starts growing her own vegetables I love growing vegetables I grew up with my dad growing all sorts of fruit and veg, as my parents have a large garden He still grows vegetables to this day, and I have grown my own veg for a few years since leaving home too However, it s one of the things I ve hardly done in the six years I ve been living in West Cornwall Just maintaining our garden is such hard work with all the brambles and nettles that insist on constantly taking over and attacking us each time we try to get rid of them Cornish nettles are fierce I have four raised vegetable beds, but they re clearly not raised enough as they are almost permanently full of overgrown grass these days It s so much effort trying to clear them, I have to admit that over the last couple of years I ve given up Don t get me wrong, I do love gardening, but I ve taken to letting our garden do its own thing for now, with a bit of tidying up here and there The vegetables will have to wait until I havetime, energy and motivation to face that challenge again.I giggled at anywhere north of the Tamar River being referred to as up country It s true I m not sure some of our neighbours can comprehend us travelling seven hours in the car to visit family up in Yorkshire It seems travelling a whole six miles to Truro is somewhat of an extravagant adventure for these parts I ve never thought to ask, but I bet some of my neighbours have never even left Cornwall Can you imagine I just loved Google the baby seagull I m afraid I m one of those pesky outsiders who has a soft spot for seagulls and is guilty of doing the unthinkable by actually feeding them.This was a fun, easy read that had me giggling in places, and even tears in my eyes at one point I definitely recommend this book if you have an interest in Cornwall, especially if you re an outsider living in Cornwall like me

  2. Dale Harcombe says:

    Tessa Hainsworth used to think she had it all, as a high up executive with the Body Shop in London Until she suddenly realised something was missing She and her husband, Ben and two children moved to South West Cornwall Her first year is described in Up with the Larks Now she considers herself a member of the community Yet is some ways life is no easier Finances are tight Being part of a small village life sometimes presents its challenges, especially when she has ideas for change that do Tessa Hainsworth used to think she had it all, as a high up executive with the Body Shop in London Until she suddenly realised something was missing She and her husband, Ben and two children moved to South West Cornwall Her first year is described in Up with the Larks Now she considers herself a member of the community Yet is some ways life is no easier Finances are tight Being part of a small village life sometimes presents its challenges, especially when she has ideas for change that do not go down well with long time locals Despite her job as a postwoman, Tessa has time for a community garden and learning new ways of using and cooking food Along the way she manages to provide moments of amusement at her expense But there are some with whom she builds a relationship, some are human Others are ambivalent relationships as with Elvis the snake, Google the seagull, Patch the lamb and Gruff the goat.I enjoyed this gentle, lyrical read Absolutely loved the descriptions of Cornwall and the changing colours of the sea Also enjoyed Tessa She is enthusiastic, optimistic andthan a little naive at times but I liked her and some of the other quirky characters, even if sometimes they are laughing at Tessa s expense Having lived in a small town in Australia for a time, the way folk were resistant to the slightest change to the way things have always been done was absolutely spot on There are moments that make you smile or laugh and other tender moments.Maybe it s not the sort of book I would read all the time, but in this present crazy world situation it was a breath of fresh air I very much enjoyed it Anyone who likes stories about Cornwall or starting over and fitting in to a new community will probably enjoy it too Very glad I read it I hadn t read the first book in the series but it didn t matter This reads well as a stand alone If you re looking for a gentle enjoyable read give this non fiction book that reads like fiction a try

  3. Ellen says:

    I don t think Tessa has ever raised a seagull, grown her own vegetables, gone camping or shopped in charity shops Certainly not before she wrote this book If she had, she would know that seagulls do not get glossy grey feathers so soon, they are brown speckled all summer long as teenagers.I have never in my life heard or seen a slug inside a potato They eat leafage, they are not worms And I have grown potatoes.The week s campingwhere do I beginoh my So inaccurate.FYI charit I don t think Tessa has ever raised a seagull, grown her own vegetables, gone camping or shopped in charity shops Certainly not before she wrote this book If she had, she would know that seagulls do not get glossy grey feathers so soon, they are brown speckled all summer long as teenagers.I have never in my life heard or seen a slug inside a potato They eat leafage, they are not worms And I have grown potatoes.The week s campingwhere do I beginoh my So inaccurate.FYI charity shops are not full of vinatage clothes they have very normal clothes if Tessa ever cares to go in one have a look.AND she left the dog in the car in summer several times AND the wedding was scheduled for middday so how long did that man play those bagpipes for They were all supposedly around the church from the wedding ceremony until the sun was beginning to setthat s gone 5pm in OctoberI don t think so They have so little money yet she s always out having lunch or coffee at a cafe She drank half of a precious bottle of wine without any thought for her husband s share when wine is now so rare for them She cobbled together her home from nothing does she forget the van that brought their stuff from London So many inaccuracies it was ridiculous

  4. Caroline Southgate says:

    I want Tessa s life, reading it made me wish I was there

  5. Linda O& says:

    Non fiction but reads as good as any novel.This is Tessas second book about her life her familys, when they moved from London, to live work in Cornwall.Tessa is a postwoman, but it s not like any other postal service Things are different in the countryside, especially if you live miles away from civilisation She is forever busy, rushing from one place to another keeping up with all her various chores Her husband Ben, is an actor when he has no work, he does various jobs here there Non fiction but reads as good as any novel.This is Tessas second book about her life her familys, when they moved from London, to live work in Cornwall.Tessa is a postwoman, but it s not like any other postal service Things are different in the countryside, especially if you live miles away from civilisation She is forever busy, rushing from one place to another keeping up with all her various chores Her husband Ben, is an actor when he has no work, he does various jobs here there, to help make ends meet.The two children are at a local school help out where they can They are all happy with their lives here, although money is tight most of the time, but they have quality of life never want to return to London An entertaining read plenty of laughs It would make me want to move to Cornwall, if I didn t already live along a lovely part of the Essex coast

  6. Fluffychick says:

    Second book by this author detailing her downsize from high powered executive for The Body Shop to Cornwall postie in a picturesque seaside village It sof the same reallybut a cosy, easy read, that makes such a huge change seem really appealing.Mainly consists of a variety of small episodes about animals, gardening and misunderstandings where a uptowner even in her second year in Cornwall gets things badly wrong Not a lot happens, but the scenery is lovingly described and she and Second book by this author detailing her downsize from high powered executive for The Body Shop to Cornwall postie in a picturesque seaside village It sof the same reallybut a cosy, easy read, that makes such a huge change seem really appealing.Mainly consists of a variety of small episodes about animals, gardening and misunderstandings where a uptowner even in her second year in Cornwall gets things badly wrong Not a lot happens, but the scenery is lovingly described and she and her family obviously love the new life.A very pleasant read and gives you lifestyle envy, but her fasination with foraging remains a total no for me

  7. Lisa says:

    Second in this heart warming true story of life as a rural postie in Cornwall, following her her family quitting life in London Second in this heart warming true story of life as a rural postie in Cornwall, following her her family quitting life in London

  8. Clare Marie says:

    It was a heart warming story, but a little bit boring at times I felt like I got to know the characters and liked the happy ending It s definitely worth a read, if you re interested in Cornwall or moving to a new area.

  9. Michelle Marie McGrath says:

    A follow on from Up with the larks about Tessa and her family s move to Cornwall from London Now settled in Cornwall for their second year, the family start to explore becoming self sufficient and share the warts and all ups and downs of rural living.

  10. Gail Danks says:

    Brilliant I ve laughed and cried with this book