Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead

4 and half 1

I absolutely loved this book. It’s packed with humour and ‘feel good’ factor, and if you have ever undertaken moving house to a foreign country this will ring true on so many levels.

Chickens, Mules & Fools

Vicky decided that she and her husband, Joe, would move house and live in Spain because she was fed up of the grey days and rain of England. After a little persuasion, Joe agreed to a five year plan of living in Spain with a clause to return to England if they didn’t settle for any reason at the end of the agreed term. This book is the first of a series of six (so far) and covers the move from their Sussex home to a tiny village of just five permanent residents in the mountains behind Almeria, to five years later when they have to decide whether to return to the grey skies of England or stay in the home they’ve made and with the chickens they love.

We meet their lovely neighbours and makers of home made wine, Carmen and Paco, who through a language misunderstanding called Carmen ‘Bethina’ for several months.  We live through the Fiestas, the dancing, the heaviest snowfall since records began, fallen trees across the one treacherous mountain road into the village, and the antics of the ‘Gin Twins’. And the chickens – oh, such fun these caused as well as income from their dozens of eggs each week.

Between each chapter is a recipe for typical tasty Spanish tapas, salad, stew etc., complete with instructions of how to make the recipes. This really is an amazing little book and if you go to their website at there is a free section with photographs to compliment this book.

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One thought on “Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools by Victoria Twead

  1. Oh my! You could have knocked me down with a chicken feather when I spotted this review today, Angela! “Chickens” was an utter joy to write, in fact it almost wrote itself and I loved every moment of preserving all those memories. Of course I had no idea then that it would be the first of a big series, but I’ve loved writing every one. Thank you so much for picking “Chickens” to read and review. 🙂

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