Tales From a Country Boy

A Treasury of Norfolk

Tales of quirky Norfolk characters and bite-sized nuggets of local history, natural history, anecdotes, and Norfolk attractions  entertain and enthral with rural charm.

Tales From a Country Boy
A Treasury of Norfolk
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The evening calm of light breeze, birdsong, and the fragrance of roses, was abruptly shattered by a loud clattering on our shingle drive. As a score of birds stopped singing, and took off in alarm, we lowered our glasses of chilled white wine, and swung round to view the intrusion.

“Are yer alroight?” said our good friend Matt, grinning broadly at our obvious consternation. “Oi was passing boi on moi tractor, and thought Oi’d drarp in on yer”. He dismounted from his tractor, sauntered over to the patio, and drew up a chair.

Ruddy-faced Matt is a born and bred Norfolkman. He farms, he trims hedges, he supplies manure, and almost anything else of a rural nature that needs supplying, harvesting or fixing. And he often travels by tractor. He told us he had driven his tractor to Fakenham that morning, where there was an agricultural show, and though he was almost home now, thought he would drop in.

“You haven’t driven that tractor all the way to Fakenham and back, have you?” I enquired, estimating that Fakenham must be around 30 miles away, that Matt’s tractor was not exactly modern state-of-the-art, and that much of the road was single carriageway.

“Cors Oi hev”, said Matt.

“And how many hundred cars and trucks were held up behind you?” I had to ask.

“Didn’t look”. Another big grin.

Extract from Tales from a Country Boy

Barrie is a ‘Norfolk bor’, and his tales of quirky Norfolk characters, a runaway cow in the village, the bird whisperer, the wart buyer, and so many more, will bring delight, and make you laugh. Also, bite-sized nuggets of local history, natural history, anecdotes, Norfolk attractions past and present, will entertain and enthral with rural charm.

Read on, and enjoy Norfolk – but when you’ve finished reading, you will want more.

Barrie Lawrence is no average author’
Ian Clarke, Eastern Daily Press

 

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About The Author

Barrie Lawrence

Barrie Lawrence

Hi! I’m Barrie Lawrence, author, speaker, retired dental surgeon and bookseller. I love life, and I love to write. I am told that my enthusiastic approach to life – my joie de vivre – comes through in my writing. And so often in the everyday happenings of life, there is humour, if we can but see it. Perhaps not taking myself too seriously at times helps in that respect. We need to laugh at ourselves at times.

I love people, and during my career as a dental surgeon, I certainly met a huge variety of people. I am not sure they all loved me. Well, it’s not natural to love someone who sticks needles in you, and pulls parts of your body away. Or who drills inside your mouth. But people are like a rich, beautiful, multi-coloured tapestry passing through our lives, and I try to enjoy the beauty, and ignore any other stuff. 

How did I come to write books? Well, I blame the Women’s Institute! I was asked to speak at a W.I. meeting. ‘Dentistry’ was the subject, and I bored them to tears. Until I mentioned the teeth that were lost down the toilet, and suddenly the place came alive. I received more invitations to speak, and simply related humorous stories from my days training as a dentist, and my time in the surgery. “You should write a book,.” I was told. And so I did, though my first one was nothing to do with dentistry.

Since then I have written seven books (and now an eighth).  Three of my books are on the Christian faith – what it is, and some rather amazing experiences. Three of my books are light anecdotal, but full of humour, as well as some facts about teeth and dentists. And one book, Big Blue Sky is about my love of Norfolk, the county where I was born, and where I have spent most of my life. 

I was born in Ditchingham, Norfolk and have spent most of my life in the county.  I am married to Wendy, and have 6 daughters and 20 grandchildren living in 5 different countries.  As a result we travel widely, but walking the footpaths and bridleways of Norfolk has been a passion all my life.

 

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