A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Saturday, 3 February 2018
I first read "Cross Stitch" by Diana Gabaldon (I think it might now be called The Outlander??) in the mid 1990's and went on to read the next two in the series. Although I bought several more I never got round to reading them. Before I continued with the series I decided to re-read the first few to remind myself of the storyline. On the second reading the book did not disappoint (when I first read it it was one of my favourite books of all time). It is a time slip novel where Claire Randall, a nurse just back from the Second World War goes on a second honeymoon to Scotland with her husband Frank. She has a strange experience in a stone circle and finds herself whizzing back in time to 1743 where she meets a certain Scots warrior named James Frazer. Most of the novel is set in the 1700's.
I thought this little book might encourage me to continue decluttering after the massive efforts of last year to clear our bedroom of clutter. Sadly, I am not ready to get rid of any more of my books or memorabilia although the book has plenty of good advice for those who wish to tidy!
This is a really fascinating book that tells you everything you could possibly wish to know about birds' eggs. I learnt so much although have to say that as I am rather a squeamish type of person - it put me off eating boiled eggs for a while!
The next Maisie Dobbs - I enjoyed this but perhaps not quite as much as some of the others I have read in the series.
Joy Ellis is a new author for me (Thanks again Rosie from Corners of my Mind for giving me ideas of authors to try!). After the first few pages I really didn't think I would enjoy this book as I took an instant dislike to the main character but as I read on and understood why she acted as she did I found she engaged my sympathy and I ended up really liking the book and will read more in the series.
I can't believe I have had Kilvert's Diary since 1986 and never read it before! Thanks this time to Bovey Belle from Codlins and Cream2 who mentioned the Diary in one of her blog posts and reminded me I had a copy. I enjoyed this book immensely you feel as though you get to know Francis Kilvert as a friend and, of course, much of it is set in the beautiful Welsh borders. It is such a tragedy that only a few of his notebooks remain and we shall never be able to enjoy the rest of his words. This particular book is beautifully laid out with
pressed flower photos on most of the pages and
old photos scattered throughout the book. Huge apologies for the dangling lens cap - I didn't notice it until after I had uploaded the photo!
There are also enchanting little paintings by Andrea Thomas of churches and buildings mentioned in the book. I now have a desire to visit the churches at Clyro and Bredwardine in Radnorshire and Herefordshire where Kilvert was Curate and Rector.
How many of you read and collected the Ladybird Nature books when you were a child? I had a big collection but sadly got rid of them all when I got married and we bought a house. Over the last few years I have been re-buying them secondhand and the "What to look for in .... (Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn) are my favourites with wonderful illustrations by C F Tunnicliffe.
Welcome to my blog. I have been interested in natural history from an early age and we have tried to create a garden attractive to wildlife. I also enjoy reading, photography, collecting fossils, visiting historic buildings and gardens and supporting Aston Villa. Please feel free to leave a comment and, if you would like to email me, my email address is ciraggedrobinsATgmail.com - remember to replace AT with @. Thank you for visiting.