Alan McDonald

Biography

It is in the book.

For the forseeable future I expect to continue farming and gardening in Portugal. The main crop is olives and I keep a small herd of goats, usually some poultry too. I have an extensive vegetable garden, grapes (wine and table) and fruit and nut trees.

Where to find Alan McDonald online


Books

How Not To Make Millions - but Still Enjoy a Rich Rural Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 140,160. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Farming, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Farming
The sample download is not fully representative of the contents, which is a synopsis of 60 years farming and gardening in several countries and is the base for suggestions that can be used by those with less experience. For a better guide see my blog "Snippets" published in June 2013. It is particularly useful for first time owners and novice food growers. 140k words.

Alan McDonald’s tag cloud

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Smashwords book reviews by Alan McDonald

  • The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living on April 25, 2015
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    You know the expression “Been there, done that”? Well this lady has. My pet hate about lifestyle books, particularly those involving rural life, is where people with a journalistic background and friends in the right places to promote their books get an international publishing house to publish and push their writings on something they have an idea about, or only limited years of experience. This is not one of them. Anyone who publishes with Smashwords does not have a publishing company behind them. Although aimed primarily at the USA resident, virtually everything suggested by the author (she does not ram things down your throat and say you must do it this way) is applicable globally. All good, sound, practical advice from an experienced person. Much of it is essential reading for those people in urban areas where they are reliant upon electricity to run their homes. One power out without the information in the book will cost you a lot more than its price. I have practiced what might be called “Simple Hooked up Living” for decades and still learned from the book. There is a very generous free sample, but as with all books, this necessarily includes the background and introductory portion – nevertheless with very sound information and advice. There is a wealth more in the remainder of the book. Go on, buy it. Old McDonald, Portugal.