Saturday, December 27, 2008

After Christmas Reading

We stopped at Half-priced Books.
It was our Boxing Day outing.

I once again have choosen Lavender
to be the herb of the year.
I have two hedges growing and want to put in one more.

I am thinking about learning to knit.
Just thinking about it right now.
Just learning the terms.

Lots of patterns and templates in this craft boook.
It is a rainy cold Saturday.
I am sitting with my books and my tea.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Craft Books

When I shop the second hand booksellers
I always look for craft books.
My collection is growing.

I am so spoilt too!
The prices are wonderful.

The craft books are inspiring.

I have been looking for felting books.

So far I have not found any.

I ended up at the retail bookseller,
I still did not find any books on millinery.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

November's Books

I am celebrating the North American Indians in November.
I thought reading some of their myths would help me better understand
their ways.

I also picked up this bead work book at the secondhand book sellers.
I am interested in learning about the crafts and art of the American Indians.

I know some of the history of the Native Americans.
I have been to part of the Trail of Tears.
I would like to travel more of this trail.

I am just beginning to plan my gardens for next year.
I would like to plant a Dyer's Garden.
I think it would go nicely with my wool and felting.

I have few other books stacked up
ready for a cold November day.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween reading

I stopped at the library this morning.
I have requested many instructional books.
I want to learn about felting and hat making.

They had a display set up of Halloween books.
These will be fun!

I am writing about October and ways
to decorate for Halloween.

A new friend gave me Janet Marsh's
Nature Diary this week.
She knows what I like!

I think I am being called to work on my almanac again!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October reading

My reading nook is filled with
October books.

Some are short tales.

Some are field guides.

Some are only for afternoon reading.

From Ghoulies and Ghosties
And long-legged Beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord deliver us!

Old Scotch Invocation

Friday, September 19, 2008

Books, books, books

Once again I went to the used book store.
Once again a pile of books found their way to my coffee table.

With migration under way I thought this book would be a way of joining in.

I enjoy natural history and this looks to be about the classification of animals in the Victorian age. Harriet Ritvo has other books out. If this as good as it looks I will want to read them.
Anything written by Sue Hubbell is a wonderful read.

I am saving this book for this winter when the cold north wind blows and I am missing the bees.
The best piles in my house are piles of books.

Monday, September 8, 2008

September reading

A trip to the used bookstore over the weekend
and I have some exciting September reading.

I started this one right away.

This is an interesting Quarterly.
The short essays are just right for standing in line.
It fits in my purse too.

I have been looking for this book.
Perfect to celebrate the migration of the Monarch
which has begun.

My son recommended this book.
I am saving it to read on his birthday.
I will not be able to celebrate his special day with him
but I can celebrate the love we both have for the Trees.
What are you reading this September?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Summer reading

The used book store had many books for me today.
I have set this book up in my office hoping
to be inspired to do my garden journal again.
I do not paint but I do take pictures.

A photo essay of the gardens would be fun to do.
I would like to catch up with my almanac too.

I wanted to read a story and this biography is very interesting.
I like the way Rhodes writes. This biography of John Audubon is entertaining.

This looks interesting for bed time reading.

I have read "Sleeping with a Sunflower" many times.
I shall keep it with my other garden journals.
I am needing garden inspiration for 2009!

Monday, May 19, 2008


My daughter sent "Gardening at the Dragon's Gate"
for my Mother's Day gift.
I am treasuring each word.
I am learning.

I am reading my special book before bed. A few pages at a time. This is a slow, deliberate read. I knew when I read the introduction I had met a kindred spirit.
Wendy Johnson writes,"My first principle is to learn gardening from the wilderness outside the garden gate." I too have studied the forest and the meadow.

When Robin suggested "Dessert Queen" I requested it from the library.
It took a few months to get to me.
I seldom read biographies. I am enjoying this one so very much I will try and remeber to look for them when I am at the used book store.

This is a quick, on the counter, read a page and go do the laundry, sort of book.
Very fun and informational.
I have bird books and herb books and butterfly books all stacked up by my desk.
I like books.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


My friend's sister's daughter-in-law
sent me "Outlander",
a grand Scottish tale.

I was in need of a book.
Little did I know what a saga I had begun.
I requested the other four books in the series from the library;
Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn and The Fiery Cross.

Each book is about 900 pages. A real saga. I have been reading every available minute.
I read mostly non-fiction but every once in awhile a steamy, romance is good medicine!
I do believe Diana Gabaldon has cured my digestive troubles.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fighting a virus

I am reading and fighting a virus.

It has been wet and cold outside.
I have stayed in with my blankets and my books.

Reading about bees is keeping my spirits up.

Hot tea and honey are my companions.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sweet treats

Our daughter sent a package.
I have been wanting to read this for some time now.

This will be a fun book and movie adventure.
My husband and I will both read and discuss!

In her package she sent book plates for my husband.
Now he will "check-out" his books to family and friends!

She also sent a little bird hat pin for me!
She is a delightful daughter!
I miss her being just down the street and around the bend.

When Penny wrote she was reading John le Carre, I wrote a note to myself to see if we had any of his books in our library. My husband likes spy novels.
Sure enough he had a lovely edition of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" on his shelf.
I am enjoying reading fiction.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Copyright 1928

This book was in my parents basement.
The copyright of 1928 puts this book in the time of
my parent's childhood.

The name in the front is not my Mother's or Father's.
I have no idea where this book came from.
I only know I love it.

I do not paint or draw.
I take photos.
I do write a bit of poetry.

For March I put this book on a stand in the entry.
I feel inspired by this pretty little book.

Maybe I could make a pretty little book of my March birds.
Maybe I could write a little rhyme.
Maybe I could sing a tune.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Three books for March

I read this reference book every March.
It helps me get into the spirit of the
Emerald Isle.
I also read The Hobbit every March.
I want to watch the trilogy of the Lord of the Rings again this month.

I love this book.
I enjoy the story and the illustrations.
I like having a stack of books to read.
Some stories deserve re-reading.
What are you reading?