The world is full of people who live in the city and dream of a little home in the country. This is made to order for them, especially those whose air castles are fragrantly English. The first half of the book is a delightful, humorous, and original account of how ""the"" house was discovered, of the remodelling, the making of the garden, the creating of a new life; the second half is a group of country essays, almost in the Roger de Coverley tradition, on house guests, neighbors, occupations, and so on. Philosophical, in a mildly rural way. The whole book is very English -- and will be particularly liked by those who know and love the English countryside. Sell with your garden books, etc. Attractive format.