Friday 4 February 2011


The weather has turned these last couple of days and it feels wintery again. I'm probably in the minority, but I'd be happy if we had more snow! I've been reading this lovely book, a meditative daily winter journal of a gardener, covering three months in Iowa. I picked up a second-hand copy on Amazon for less than five pounds. The artwork on the cover is beautiful, and the book is nearly a square - a format I really like.

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The journal tells of a harsher winter than those we experience here in the UK, and certainly Cornwall, but it's a beautifully written narrative, and if you enjoy nature, the seasons and gardening I think you would love it.
Continuing with a wintery theme, I found these bookmarks hidden in a pile of papers. I made them from recycling a magazine page. I like the way the perspective is changed when the image is divided up and the order changed.
You can never have too many bookmarks, either. I can't bear turning down the corners of the pages. I just can't bring myself to do it. I find moo cards also make great little bookmarks!
For a spot of winter green, a bunch of flat leaf parsley picked up at my local W.I. market. I like having this on the kitchen windowsill as much as a bunch of daffs, and I get to eat it too. Actually I'm rather partial to eating fresh parsley on its own. Does that make me a bit odd?
Wishing you all a happy weekend!


Dan said...

Oh no!! I'm trying to curb my compulsive book habit and then I go and read your post on a gorgeous book and bookmarks made from your own photos!!
Seriously, it does look like a wonderful book - let us know if it's as good as it looks! The first page certainly bodes well for an entertaining read.
Eating parsley on its own? I don't think that's odd, it's delicious.
Thanks for a lovely post!

Simone said...

I really like the look of that book, especially the cover! The parsley adds a lovely touch of fresh green around the place. I would eat parsley on its own too. Have a lovely weekend Diana (and Walter) x

Frogdancer said...

I eat fresh parsley too.

A Bun Can Dance said...

Not odd at all! I'm the same with any fresh herbs - today I was eating coriander leaves :-)
The book is delightful, what a great find - I love square books too.
And bookmarks - yes, there's need for plenty. Turning down the page corner is horrid !
I hope you and Walter have the loveliest of weekends,
D x

dragonfly said...

I'm with you on the square book thing too! It's blowing an absolute gale here... hope you're keeping warm. Have a lovely weekend too.

Unknown said...

Shhhhh don't say anything but I'm with you on us having more snow!!! I so loooooooove "proper" winters!!!

What a pretty wee book indeed and square, how super!!!

I don't say your odd in the respect I too like eating fresh herbs but I canna abide fresh parsley for some reason, which I think makes me a bit on the "odd" side hey?!?!

Keep snuggled up cosy n all. Speak soon. Ionwen XXX

Marigold Jam said...

Love the look of that book but I shan't be happy to see more snow I am afraid! Parsley - yes I eat it as it is too and don't think it at all odd! Bookmarks - I agree one can never have too many and even though I have dozens I am often driven to tearing a scrap of paper to mark a place!! Have a great weekend.


Fiona said...

That book looks lovely. I will have to remember it when I need a present for a gardener. Have a lovely weekend.

lovethosecupcakes said...

I feel the same way about more snow. (Could happily live in Narnia). Will be adding the book to my Wish List and love those bookmarks. As you know, I make tags using your method so will have to have a go. Hope you're having a good weekend, without snow!

JP said...

no i love parsley too and it is a fantastic diuretic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely book, just up my alley!
I adore bookmarks, the best of all are those from the Persephone catalogue.
Eating parsley on its own is said to get rid of garlic breath!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, that looks to be a book I must have! At this time of year I'm so eager to start gardening. Enjoy your parsley, I love it, too!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for posting that book ~ I think I'll try to find a copy. It reminded me somewhat of a great read ~ The 3,000 Mile Garden, a book of letters from a gardener in London to a gardener in Maine; you might enjoy it. :)

Jacqui Dodds said...

I have added this book to my to buy list - love the cover, are there other illustrations in there too?