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The Other Side of the Dale by Gervase Phinn
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Jul 17, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, memoirs, great-britain-ireland, rural-life
Read in April, 2004

A book I saw in "The Common Reader" catalog and then made my library get through inter-library loan.

Imagine a cross between James Herriot & that Mitford series by Jan Karon - this is the story of an "Inspector of Schools" in Yorkshire. There are lots of "cute things kids say" in it, and some interesting descriptions of the area. Not too much drama or excitement, but I don't always want that (or heartbreak) in my books.

Here's an excerpt I liked (a yow is a female sheep, btw, and its one of the schoolkids talking):

"Its a word which describes a yow when she's heavy pregnant, so heavy you see, she falls over on her back and just can't move, she's helpless. Sticks her legs in t'air and just can't shift. It's called 'rigged', proper word is 'riggwelted'. Me dad comes in from t'fields and flops on t'settee and says, 'I'm fair riggwelted'."
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