Tales of the Wise Gardener and his Friend Jack Frost - Ken Houston
The author of "Tales of the Wise Gardener and his Friend Jack Frost", Ken Houston, is a retired physics teacher, having spent his career at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh. A keen gardener, he used to take his, then, five year old daughter, Deirdre, to his allotment in the walled garden at the school. There he would entertain her with stories about the plants, her favourite being the one about "Paddy the Silly Potato". Forty years on, during the Covid-19 lock-down, Deirdre was put on furlough by her employer and came to live with her parents, Ken and Jean, in their retirement home near the school. They all spent much time in the garden there and this inspired Ken to tell more tales. These were relayed to five year old grandson Luca in Australia, who thought they were great. A friend, Aileen Crosbie, a retired nurse with a wonderful flair for painting, offered to provide illustrations for the stories.

When the total of tales, each with an illustration, reached 27, Ken had 40 copies of an A5 sized book commercially printed by "BookprintingUK". He gifted these to family and friends. Such was the enthusiastic response, Ken and Aileen decided to have more books printed and to sell them with the profit going to "Samaritans", a charity long supported actively by Aileen.

If you would like to support "Samaritans" by purchasing the book, please order by e-mail to ken.houston@blueyonder.co.uk and he will provide his bank details to enable you to transfer funds electronically. He will post what you order. Alternatively, post to him at 5 Redford Drive, Edinburgh EH13 0BL, a cheque for £6.50 per book. All books will be signed by the author thus increasing their value! £2.00 will go to Samaritans and the remaining £4.50 will cover costs of printing, packaging and posting.
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