"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

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Recent Reading


Recent Reading

The Shire book on Old Letter Boxes was fascinating and is a good little reference book.

"Secrets of a Devon Wood" is a beautiful book with the most wonderful illustrations and information on species the author has spotted and drawn.

The next in the Wesley Peterson series.

Another interesting Shire Book - I would prefer the paperback version and will purchase if I see it in the future.

As you can see I like Shire Books - great introductions to subjects and full of interesting information. 

Sorry I cut off the full title! It is "Candle for a Corpse".  The Mitchell and Markby books are another series I really enjoy.

Back to "comfort reading" and the Thrush Green books by Miss Read.

Finally, a couple of photos D took of Ring-necked Parakeets.

I am looking forward to taking part in the RSPB annual Garden Birdwatch this weekend and I know many of you will be taking part too so I look forward to reading about the species you have seen :)

I hope everyone is staying safe and well.


Bovey Belle said...

No Ringed Neck Parakeets in Wales yet. They must be an exotic addition to your garden birds.

Some great reading there. I have been so busy sewing I only seem to read for ten mins or so when I get to bed. I was given that Secrets of a Devon Wood and it is lovely.

Ragged Robin said...

Bovey Belle - Thanks so much. They certainly are exotic. I couldn't believe my eyes when I first saw them on the feeders! Not often I get a new garden "tick" these days! Not so regular as they were though.

I tend to read non fiction for about an hour or so in the day and then fiction for an hour late evening before I go to bed. Sometimes though I read more if a good book. I don't sew but I am knitting hats and scarves when I watch tv which is not that often! Yes Secrets of a Devon Wood is great - such a talented artist!!!

Rustic Pumpkin said...

Some good books there. I am still struggling to read and it's ongoing since the pandemic began, no idea why.

We once had an enormous brown parrot flying about in a nearby wood. It must have escaped from somewhere, and I don't think it survived the winter as it was not seen the following year.

Ragged Robin said...

Rustic Pumpkin - Thanks so much. I fear the pandemic has affected us in so many ways such as trouble sleeping and concentrating on things.
What a shame it couldn't be recaptured re: your parrot. Ring neckeds seems to have adapted fine to life in this country.

Rosie said...

Lots of interesting reading. I love Shire Books and there are quite a few of them on our book shelves. I haven't bought one for ages. As you know I love Kate Ellis's Wesley Peterson Books. I wonder what birds we'll record over the weekend, we'll see. I hope you have a visit from the parakeets during your hour so you can include them. You too take care:)

Ragged Robin said...

Rosie - Thanks so much. The Shire Books are SO good. I wish I had "proper" books for the ones on my Kindle! I shall be sad when I reach the end of the WP series. As you say on your blog I expect many of the usual species that visit will be absent in the allocated hour!!!

The Quacks of Life said...

ooh well done on the parakeets!

Ragged Robin said...

The Quacks of Life - Thanks Pete. I suspect they will be AWOL for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch though!

CherryPie said...

This is always the wrong time of year for a garden bird watch (for me). Most of my birds don't show their faces for at least another month!

Ragged Robin said...

CherryPie - Thank you. I find here it can depend on the weather and perhaps also how much natural food is available. Late winter can be busier as natural resources run low.