African Ways
Valerie Poore
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Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM By Valerie Poore

This is the story of a young woman s first encounters with rural South Africa Coming from the all mod cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980 s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal.Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africawith the help of a charming, elderly DutchThis is the story of a young woman s first encounters with rural South Africa Coming from the all mod cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980 s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal.Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africawith the help of a charming, elderly Dutch couple, an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund of local knowledge.These are tales of a different kind of life, whichinclude living without electricity, hand milking cows, drought, veld fires and mad cap adventures into the unknown.They are stories told with deep affection and respect, and above all a liberal dose of tongue in cheek humour.
  • Title: African Ways
  • Author: Valerie Poore
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  • Page: 417
  • Format: Kindle Edition

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Terry Tyler Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
I almost turned to the front and started reading it all over again once I'd finished it!About Val Poore's three years of living on a remote moutain in Natal in the early 1980s, this book made me laugh out loud several times (the tennis club!) and provoked tears nearer the end. I've said in reviews of Ms Poore's books about her life on the waterways that she can make buying a bit of bathroom equipment interesting; here, she writes a brief chapter about the lighting of oil lamps and and it made my [...]
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Julie Watson Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
African Ways is a story of the authors time living in South Africa in the 1980's. She moves there with her husband and two daughters and they find themselves living on a farm. The story is filled with the stories of their time there, the people they meet along the way and life in a place without the luxuries that the family are used to. The stories tell of their day to day life, living in a rural community. The book has an easy reading style and is an enjoyable read. I felt more dialogue may hav [...]
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Rebecca Hislop Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
How I enjoyed this wonderful memoir. The author Valerie Poore together with her husband and two small children took a leap of faith and immigrated to South Africa. He had no job and they had nowhere to stay. Yet fortune seemed to be smiling on them as he got a job and Valerie secured them a flat in a rural area of KwaZulu Natal. It was like a step back in time as there were no ‘mod cons’ such as electricity. However they were more than ever convinced that they had arrived in heaven and it wa [...]
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Anne-Marie Klein Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
I had the pleasure of reading this book on Val's blog, one installment at a time. She writes with warmth and gentle humour, and captures a time and place with visual richness and great charm. For anyone who loves Africa, or who loves a good story with a wonderful cast of characters!
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Sylvia Valevicius Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
Val Poore (known to me through social media and one of her other works) is a welcome voice in the writers' world! 'African Ways' is the second book of Val's I've read, and as I comment in my review of 'Watery Ways' (life on a boat in Rotterdam, Netherlands) the author's personality shines through so pleasantly regardless of circumstances; in this life adventure, in Natal, South Africa, there are plenty of harrowing moments! Val is a wonderful memoirist and offers many vicarious adventures to her [...]
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Marian Smith Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
All the memoriesThese pages make me wish for an adventure, perhaps in Africa. I yearn for a simple life and this book makes me wish for it even more. Valerie's writing style is straight forward and engaging. Her collection of happenings on the farm are her prescious memories and I am grateful she shared them.
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Patti Wilson Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
BeautifulThe People of South Africa, the landscapes, and the life of an English family all blend well together in this picturesque and beautiful book. Well written. Loved it front to back.
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JuneLeeuwrik Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
Real ValuesReminds me of my five years in India. My trips to Uganda and Tanzania also included wonderful people who had so much less than I did but who knew what was really important.
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Penny Brandon Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
A modern Out of AfricaThis reminded me of Karen Blixen with a peer-reviewed century twist. Best sensitivity to the lovely and powerful landscape and native people.
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Shannon Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
Delightful writing style! Makes you feel like you are there with her experiencing her adventures. Look forward to reading more of her books.
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Julie Haigh Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
A lovely warm read.Valerie Poore is probably best known for her boating memoirs-I know a few people who have read these and loved them; I have yet to read these as I do like to read in order and this book is actually Valerie Poore’s first book. Rather than life on the water, this one consists of anecdotes and memories of the three years she and her husband and their two small daughters spent in South Africa in the 80s. They switched life in England to renting a remote farmhouse in Natal and ex [...]
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Geoffrey West Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
“On my first daylight visit to Cottingham, I looked out to the Berg and knew that I would never live anywhere as awe inspiringly beautiful as this ever again, and so far, to this day, that remains an unbroken truth.” I hope one day this might be the opening sentence of one of Val’s future fictional books, it’s certainly exciting and vivid in its emotion, and I’d definitely read on. But in fact this is towards the end of her nonfiction book ‘African Ways’, which recounts her early l [...]
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Eva Thieme Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
What a lovely memoir! If you're looking for excitement and plot, African Ways might not catch your fancy, but if you enjoy vivid descriptions of a lovely land and even lovelier people in a time gone by, you will like Valerie Poore's recounting of how she and her husband, together with their two little girls, moved from England to rural Natal, South Africa, in the early 1980s. They spent three years living on a farm far from civilization, without electricity, surrounded by generous neighbors who [...]
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Anne Mackle Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
This was one of my holiday reads. Although I mainly read fiction I like to read books about people who have changed their lifestyles and done something different. Val Poore certainly ticked all the boxes when in 1981 she moved from England to South Africa with her husband and two young children the youngest only three months old. Her husband didn't have a job and they hadn't arranged anywhere to stay but as long as Val had sunshine she knew something would turn up. It did turn up in the shape of [...]
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Rosemary Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
I bought African Ways on the recommendation of a friend on , and I am so glad I did as it is a great story.The book is the true life story of a family who moved from England to South Africa – looking for the sun. The author wrote ‘I don’t mind being poor, but I do mind being cold as well as poor!’ . so they moved. I loved that, I wish I had that kind of courage.It tells the story of the family’s first three years in the country and is told with humor and warmth. The author weaves a tap [...]
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Tonia Parronchi Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
When Val and her husband decided to move to South Africa with their two baby girls they had no real idea of what they were heading towards. This book is about their new life on a farm near the Drakensburg Mountains, told through a series of Val’s warm memories, of the place and people who lived there. I was transported to a country that I do not know, wrapped in the scents and magnificent countryside and fascinated by the beautiful, respectful and sharp character descriptions of the local peop [...]
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LynnMoorhouse Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
I must confess I open books about a place I know well with trepidation, but this is such a delightful book I couldn't put it down. I was brought up in South Africa and Val Poore's book reminded me of all the things I took for granted.She first went to South Africa as a mother with young children. I have seen many women in similar situations who just haven't been able to cope. And she certainly was tested when she found herself on a farm in Natal and having to deal with a lack of water after mont [...]
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Lynn Dixon Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
African Ways is a delectably written piece by Val Poore who shares her vivid memories of life on a farm in South Africa during the 80’s. She, her husband, Bill and their two small daughters JoJo and Momo learn to live in this rural area as they enjoy the picturesque landscape. She tells several mini stories about her three years there with a sense of humor, amusement and fine detail.I felt as if I was there meeting people such as the Ellenses along with Gwen, Innocent, Bongi and Kheswa, to nam [...]
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Pat Ellis Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
I really enjoyed this Memoir, the first written by Valerie Poore - (happy to say there are more Memoirs by this author). Just loved the easy to read & interesting way the Author writes. I am bias - as I seek-out travel memoirs - enjoy being able to 'travel with' folks who have lived in other parts of the World - Africa is one of those places I find interesting. This Memoir has humour, interest and a love of 'local people' - which I really appreciate. This is just one little sentence that has [...]
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Jackie Parry Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
A Compelling ReadMoving to South Africa with her husband and young girls was a challenge Valerie Poore tackled with endearing humility and humour. Their time there is a picture story created through vivid prose.As she recalls the unique culture and charming characters I was taken on a journey where I could experience the countryside and feel her frustrations while enduring the tough challenges that a new culture brings.This is beautifully written with down to earth, honest style.I’ve read othe [...]
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Lynne Spreen Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
A memoir of a young English family moving to Natal, South Africa, in the early 1980s. Yes, apartheid was still active but the author only addresses that minimally (and apologetically) but as she says, "on the farm where I lived, the legal fact of the political system was as remote as the mountain slopes against which our farm cottage clung." This memoir contains many, many vignettes from their life in SA, and I found it interesting and well-written.
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Susan Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
Far away placesThis books reminds me of the the song Far Away Places that my parents used to sing to us. Full of wonder, magic and friendship. I can picture the farm, the people and smell Africa. Thank you for such an experience!
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Avary Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
It's Africa. Ms Poore captured the feel of Africa. These early years of her time in Africa reminded me of my early years at Hilton Head Island!
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Anne Brookover Oct 21, 2019 - 05:38 AM
Enjoyable read!The author has a knack of describing Natal, to make it easy for one to visualize the country, the people, and even the scent of Africa.
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African Ways By Valerie Poore This is the story of a young woman s first encounters with rural South Africa Coming from the all mod cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980 s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal.Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africawith the help of a charming, elderly DutchThis is the story of a young woman s first encounters with rural South Africa Coming from the all mod cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980 s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal.Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africawith the help of a charming, elderly Dutch couple, an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund of local knowledge.These are tales of a different kind of life, whichinclude living without electricity, hand milking cows, drought, veld fires and mad cap adventures into the unknown.They are stories told with deep affection and respect, and above all a liberal dose of tongue in cheek humour.

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