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"My story begins six hundred and forty miles from Tain in southern England, far removed from the culture and traditions of the Scottish Highlands. I was born and brought up in Fordingbridge, a Hampshire town lying within a triangle of three cities – Bournemouth, 20 miles to the south; Southampton, 20 miles to the west; and Salisbury, 12 miles to the north. It is a desirable rural location sitting on the edge of one of the largest tracts of unfenced heathland and woodlands known as the New Forest. I was born in 1959, the year Wolverhampton Wanderers won the English First Division title and St Mirren beat Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final.

The main feature of Fordingbridge is the bridge that spans the River Avon.  In medieval times the original bridge was constructed upstream from the ford and the town became known as ‘fording bridge’ as opposed to ‘fording place’......""

(Extracted from The Bit in the Middle: the Curiously Comic Tale of a Gardener in the Scottish Highlands.  An Ebook by Patrick Vickery)

EBook now for sale on Amazon and iBooks and GooglePlay

(Outside the UK: Amazon.com )

Chapter One can be read here