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'The Countryman' is Denis Owens. Now over 80 years of age. Denis has lived all his life in the beautiful county of Rutland in the heart of rural England. Brought up in a typical country family it was natural that he helped out in all the aspects of country life, gardening, cooking and wine making., generally living in the rhythm with nature.
As a child he would spend all his free time roaming the fields, meadows and woodlands. Enjoying and appreciating the natural world, observing and identifying birds, catching rabbits, fishing and swimming in local rivers and gathering the the ingredients for making wine, generally helping his family to live off the land during the very difficult war years when rationing of foodstuffs was at its hight.
Denis has been encouraged to write by his family and friends. His enthusiasm for wine making and his sense of humour shines through the pages of his book. It not only contains wonderful wine recipes which are so easy to follow, but he has also included little stories that have occurred to him as he wrote, some of these are so very funny, they alone are worth the price of the book!
The family are pressing him to write more of his life and the lifestyle of a country family during the war years. His family shared so much of their time with the young air crew boys of 144 Squadron at RAF North Luffenham, bitter sweet times, helping them to enjoy as much of their young lives before it was snatched away from them.
It is important that these snippets of life should be recorded, we, his family hope he will sit down soon and put pen to paper again, before it is too late.