A widely travelled and experienced newspaperman who settled down on a small Pennsylvania some 14 years ago (he wrote about its first contentments in a book called ) now tells how his rural project finally ended in . High Mealows, his rocky 150 acres, turned out to be no paradise. Freezing weather made life doubly difficult, the house burned down, machinery fell apart, hurricane sprang leaks in his new house, and the tax collector was always on hand whenever he seemed to be making money. Yet somehow, through this writer-farmer's indominable spirit, he kept High Meadows with its contented bovine population a going concern. The Freezing weather of proved the last straw however, and he sold his cows. But the book is much more than a requiem for an unsuccessful farm. Larded with mouth-watering recipes, farm tips and other information, it tells how to make the very best of country life. Even more however, it stands as a small monument of man's ability to struggle against the sometimes near-tragic conditions which nature imposes on us. Very good reading.