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
Friday, 4 October 2019
It seems ages since I did a book update so..............
My son uploaded this book to the Kindle and recommended it to me. It is a very moving book and I am glad I read it although I did find it jumped around rather timewise which at times I found confusing! Perhaps that is just my age! It is good to be reminded of a time when children had so much more freedom to explore and Chris Packham is exceedingly honest about his childhood and teenage years.
The Wesley Peterson series just gets better and better and, oh joy, there are many more left for me to read.
This is another series I am really enjoying - although this is not such a long series. A Wreath for My Sister is book number 3 and I believe there are six in the series.
This is the short book I bought at Much Wenlock Priory. It is full of information and a great introduction to the subject.
This is number two in the Midsomer Murders series. There were an awful lot of characters introduced in the first chapter and I thought I am never going to remember who is who but following chapters introduce the characters one by one so it was far easier to take in than initially thought. I shall certainly read the rest of the series and then may look into watching the dvd's as I've never watched the tv programmes.
I was longing for this book to be published as I am fascinated with the origin of moth and butterfly names. The book is superb (although expensive!) and full of interesting information. It is a good read and also an excellent reference book although there is a lot of info on moths which may not be such easy reading if you are not familiar with moth species.
This is the first book in a new series for me and is set in the Yorkshire Dales. I really enjoyed it and must thank Rosie of "Corners of My Mind" again because her lists of books read provide me with constant inspiration when I am looking for a new author to try.
Charlie Burrell and his wife Isabella Tree (author of the book), following years of uneconomic intensive farming, decided that they would take a step back and let nature take over the Knepp Estate in Sussex. The "Knepp experiment" which began in 2003 is a "re-wilding" project where free roaming grazing animals (Old English Longhorns, Red and Fallow Deer, Exmoor Ponies and Tamworth pigs) create new habitats for wildlife. Biodiversity has increased dramatically with dynamic ecosystems and endangered and rare species such as Nightingales, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Turtle Doves and Purple Emperor butterflies thriving. It is a fascinating and very interesting book which is truly inspirational and offers hope for the future.
This was a supermarket impulse buy probably because the title of the book appealed to me and it had got good reviews. To be honest for me it did not live up to the hype and I really did not enjoy it very much. The second part of the book when the main female character becomes Mrs Hancock was slightly better than the first half. A word of warning the main character is a courtesan at the start of the story and I personally found the book rather explicit in places. Once finished I took it to the charity book shop as it is definitely not a book I would want to read again. Must admit there was a huge sigh of relief when I had finished it and returned to reading the next Maisie Dobbs novel!
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