This last week I have been immersed in garden dreaming, garden planning, and garden reading! This is clearly a reaction to the cold and snowy weather here in the Pacific Northwest! My current book from the online digital section of my library has an appropriate name for my state of mind: Gardenlust! Written by Christopher Woods, Gardenlust, A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens, is a “A beautiful tour through some of the loveliest gardens in the world!” ~ Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus at Missouri Botanical Garden. It was published by one of my favorite publishing companies, Timber Press, and is really an interesting book to read, especially in the middle of a cold February!
The photography is gorgeous and the information about each of these botanical gardens is very interesting to read. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I will be giving it a very good rating on Goodreads. What a pleasure to read on this snowy/icy weekend!
This morning begins the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon! I’m up early, have my big mug of morning tea, my pile of books and my Kindle all charged up. Ready to go! So I will start with the “Getting to Know You Survey” while I’m drinking my tea, and then it’s on to a day full of reading!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m reading from Forest Grove, Oregon, a college town about 27 miles west of Portland. Lovely town surrounded by agricultural fields and wineries. Lots of beauty to see on my daily walks!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’m excited to read any and all of them!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I’m most looking forward to the coffee I will treat myself to today. We have a new coffee shop in town, Black Rock Coffee Bar, and I’m going to head over there a little later and do some of my reading there while having a great cup of coffee.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Avid reader, grandma of one bright and articulate eleven year old boy, former elementary school teacher, walker, knitter, gardener. Enjoying my retirement!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Read more books than last time!
HAPPY READING, EVERYONE!
Painting by Helen Allingham…A Cottage Near Brook-Witley
The book I am currently reading is Tyler’s Row, by Miss Read, which is the ninth book in her Fairacre series. I love this gentle series, and I’m enjoying reading the twenty books in order. I’ve also joined a fun Facebook page related to the series. It’s called “I Want to Live in Fairacre!” and the name is perfect because I would move there in a heartbeat.
Here’s an example of why this book is a such a perfect afternoon-on-the-porch read:
Before long, a few more people wandered into the garden with their packets of lunch. Diana was struck by their general air of happiness. Most of them were women, faces upturned to the sunshine, half-smiling—children again in a world where flowers and birds, quietness and fragrance, took precedence, and one had time to observe, to reflect, to wonder and to be glad.