Well Susan Branch was Right ; I am Hooked :)

I was reading Susan Branchs’ post the other day HERE .  

As usual, her post was long and lovely and visually appealing…toward the end of the post she mentioned this show…and I quote ” Now, before I go, I have to tell you about a TV show that I bet you already know about, but just in cases: You should try to find A Place Called Home.  It’s on Acorn TV (probably other places too) ~ it’s set in rural New South Wales in Australia, and is so well-written and so well-acted, and so exciting that sometimes you’re forced to wring your hands and yell at the TV screen, because it’s very fast-paced and everything that COULD happen, does. The music is great and the cars are fabulous! Set in the 1950s. If you have any worries on your mind, this will give you respite. And Joe likes it as much as I do. There are three seasons available right now . . . a good winter hibernation project! We pour wine, make dinner, get blankies and settle in. Give yourself a few episodes to get used to it, because it just gets better and better.”

I had never heard of this series, nor Acorn TV, but after a little research, I found that both are highly recommended. If you have never heard of it, ” Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond

I found that I could sign up for the free trial either on their site or through Amazon. Since I am an Amazon Prime member I did it there. Prior to this I wanted to check out some of the other programs, other than the one that Susan recommended, and many looked very interesting.

Last night I settled in to watch the first episode of A Place to Call Home and after binge-watching three or four  in a row, I have to say that Susan Branch was right!  Aside from The White Queen, I didn’t think that I’d find anything that would get me hooked on something in the the way that I was hooked on Downton Abbey, but this series is amazing.

I pulled this image from the Amazon site…I am sure they won’t mind :)

I haven’t done a recommendation post on here for ages but this one is worth checking out if you are not familiar with it.

And if for any reason you are not familiar with Susan Branch or her blog, you will certainly enjoy the link at the beginning of this post.

You might also like : Reading : Ghandi the Man: the Story of his Transformation  or  Summer Reading : a Book About Beatrix Potter and Her Gardens  or For Downton Abbey Fans  or I Highly Recommend The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie

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Reading : GANDHI The Man : The Story of His Transformation

I recently ordered “Gandhi The Man”  by Eknath Easwaran on Amazon. It was used, and generally those don’t come through Amazon Prime….the books are cheap and you pay 3.99 for shipping from this or that used book dealer  and they’ll come Slow Boat. Sometimes they are a little beat up or a prior reader has already highlighted things that touched their heart, but the used books are a great deal, in my opinion.

Mine arrived just as the violent headlines had started during our 4th of July week here in the U.S.A.  It was a good time to read about non-violence.

I have to admit that while I knew a little about Gandhi, once I entered into this book, I realized that my main view of India in those times came from movies….usually some BBC or historical drama sort of movie. And those movies came from the English point of view.

I was amazed and horrified once I got into this book to realize what all was going on.

One example :  “Under colonial rule, India was required to export all its cotton at a nominal rate to England, where it was manufactured into cloth in the factories of Lancashire and sold back to the poor in India at many times the price they had been paid for growing it.”

Another : ” The government had imposed a law forbidding Indians to make their own salt, making them dependent on a British monopoly for what is, in a tropical country, a necessity of life.”

The ways that he solved these issues through non-violence is inspirational and quite ingenious.  Now I understand why he was always wearing modest homespun attire.

The book is very honest about his life. He was no saint as a young man nor incredibly gifted. This is a story of the transformation of a man and how he then transformed a nation.

The author, as a young man, attended some of his prayer meetings and was deeply affected and inspired by him.


It’s a wonderful book if you are not familiar with the details of Gandhi’s life or would just want something inspirational in this time where much of what is going on in the world and our country can leave one feeling a bit helpless and reeling….if your local library does not have it, used copies are available on Amazon.

Gandhi was a shy, fearful child. A domineering young husband.  An average little man with no great talents. He ended up being a vessel of love and service to all and transformed a nation through non-violence.

You might also enjoy: I Highly Recommend “The Hundred Foot Journey Movie ”   or D.E. Stevenson Take Me Away   or  Summer Reading : A Book About Beatrix Potter and her Gardens

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