Synopsis When the author tells her retired husband that she does not want him home for lunch, he buys a golf course! Thus begins this non golfer's true story of uprooted suburbanites adjusting to the rural north country as golf course owners and learn what really happens behind the scenes through humorous vignettes and anecdotes.Anyone young or old who has ever harbored dreams of changing lifestyles; suburbanites, urbanites or business executives who want to try country living; and those who have wondered what it might be like to own a golf course, will find this a humorous account of such an adventure.As a keen observer of human nature, the outrageous behavior of people in general, and golfers in particular, will fascinate and embarrass at the same time. Dealing with the public in a service business is difficult in itself, but gets compounded when husbands and wives work together. There is a delicate dance they do that can sorely test the bonds of love and loyalty.Different styles emerge and can conflict with personal relationships. It is almost impossible to keep personal and business separate. Gender conflicts arise yet the husband and wife team must present a united front to the public. Although they were bombarded by so many issues on a daily basis, the mere stress of physically keeping up their grueling eighteen hour days was paramount to surviving this business.What two people brought to this unlikely business was a conventional middle class background and what they were faced with was decisions about alligators, llamas, hunters and more! They certainly got more than they bargained for! Nor was there any preparation for this--except on the job training.In retrospect, people can look for opportunities and never find them and others can create them and adapt accordingly. They were in the latter category and as a result were tested and stretched beyond measure; yet ultimately enriched by the experience.
Synopsis When the snow is too deep or only the black flies are biting, curl up with this hilarious collection of tales by eight of Canada's most brilliant outdoors writers.
Synopsis One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Poisson is a humourous collection of light-hearted vignettes gathered by an intrepid Canadian travel journalist during his off-beat wanderings and bumblings around the world.A must read for anyone who has travelled extensively or those who are contemplating it!
Synopsis This completely revised and updated edition of Ontario Place Names contains 30% more listings, including all places with offbeat and unusual names, regardless of population. It is the only book of its kind to include all the offbeat, bizarre and humourous incidents of the communities' history and explains the origin of the communities' names, gives current populations and locations, all historical events and tells about interesting people from explorers to sports stars, from actors and inventors to wily entrepreneurs.Ontario Place Names makes a great gift and is a wonderful companion for young and old on a car trip.
Synopsis A hamlet with a population of 22 people, whose language they couldn't speak or understand, was an unlikely place for two young Canadians to try to learn the skills of developing a bar-restaurant-discotheque business with the unprepossessing name of Casa No-No.When that hamlet was located high in the Pyrenees Mountains in the tiny European Co-principality of Andorra -- known only to stamp collectors and a few geography teachers -- it wasn't easy finding enough customers to pay the heating bills.Join the author in this hilarious romp down memory lane.