Tasha Tudor is one of my favorite artists. She was the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including my favorite edition of The Secret Garden, and she is beloved worldwide. She was born 100 years ago today, and so to celebrate her centenary, I bought a copy of a lovely book about her: Tasha Tudor’s Garden, by Tovah Martin, with beautiful, beautiful photographs by Richard W. Brown.
There is so much beauty and inspiration in this book! I look forward to reading it and learning more about Tasha Tudor, about her elegantly “simple” lifestyle, and about her gorgeous gardens. I will read it slowly, absorbing as much as I can of the natural beauty she created and surrounded herself with during her long life.
Please visit her family website to learn more about her life and her work.
photo by Richard W. Brown
My library loot this week! You can tell I’m immersed in gardens and gardening right now.
August, so far, seems to be one of those times when I can’t settle into reading just one book. I’m currently reading 4 different ones! How crazy is that? But I keep going back to one book in particular, on my Kindle, and I’m enjoying it very much. I think it reflects where I’m spending much of my time (in my garden) as well as where I really want to put my reading efforts! Here it is:
We are in the middle of a rather miserable heat wave here in Oregon. Yesterday, the temperature rose to 104 degrees Fahrenheit in our town. Today will be “cooler”, perhaps only getting up to 102 degrees. That’s much too hot for outdoor activity, so I intend to stay indoors this afternoon, in a much cooler spot: my new reading/knitting corner.
Knitting project: taking out about six more rows of the project I’m working on after discovering that the second skein of yarn is actually NOT the same weight as the first!
Reading: Listening to the audiobook version of Jimmy Carter’s new book, A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety.
An afternoon trip to Powell’s (at Cedar Hills Crossing) yesterday, and there were readers everywhere!
A reader at Powell’s…
On our walk around town this morning, we found another Little Free Library! This town is full of them now! But we also found a very special, slightly different, sharing box. This one is my favorite so far!
Photo from the San Diego Zoo website. Click on the photo to visit their wonderful site!
My family is fascinated with birds of all kinds, but especially with owls! We have learned so much by watching the web cams of nesting birds this summer. In March, we followed an owl family in Northern California (click here to read my post), but then we found the Texas Barn Owls cam on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology web site, and we’ve watched them all summer long. Fascinating!
Barn Owl on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology web cam. Click on the photo to visit the site!
One of my favorite publishing groups, Open Road Media, has recently published a wonderful series of e-books by the award-winning naturalist/author, Jean Craighead George, who wrote Julie of the Wolves, and whom I admire a lot. This series of books for young people (of all ages!) is called “American Woodland Tales,” and each book focuses on a different animal from the woodlands. Of course, I chose to start the series by reading Bubo, the Great Horned Owl, because I actually saw a Great Horned Owl once, and it was a thrilling experience! This little book is beautifully written and so interesting. I look forward to reading all the others in the series!
Mutiny on the Bounty was a book I first read as a young teenager and loved! The series was quite a story, quite an amazing true-life adventure! I remember being completely lost in the three books one summer long ago. Mutiny on the Bounty was followed by Men Against the Sea, and then by Pitcairn’s Island, all written by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. Great summer reads! (There is also a children’s version of this story, called The Mutiny on the Bounty, by Patrick O’Brien. Click here to read my review.)
Okay…I’ve been posting about all the “Little Free Libraries” that have just recently started popping up in our town, excited that I live in a town full of readers. This morning on our walk we ran into another new one in the neighborhood! As always, I photographed it and checked out the books inside, and much to my surprise, I found a book that I had just donated to our local library last Friday! I know it was mine because I pulled it our and looked inside and found this bookmark that I’d forgotten to remove before I donated it. I’m wondering if this “Little Free Library” was built by one of our librarians or library volunteers? And I’m very pleased that my donations are finding new life in the town’s libraries both big and small!