Sunday, January 21, 2018

January Thaw

What a delightful weekend we are having. The first warmth of the new year is upon us. The January thaw. The labyrinth is emerging. 
We had our first of the year Chipping Sparrow in our garden. Does this mean winter is over? No but when the Song Sparrow gives a few chords of it's song you know it won't be as long as it has been.
While I have been waiting for some warmer weather I came  upon this book. Lady Mayo's Garden The Diary of a Lost 19th Century Irish Garden. 
I think anyone that gardens would enjoy this book. It has everything that you would connect with gardens referenced in it. Botanical art, Victorian gardens, History, Early photography, Ireland, and as many of us are thinking garden budgets.  Her budget certainly wasn't like any I have ever even imagined but it sure is something to read about.
I was drawn to it by the botanical art. The bit I read said that it had some of Lady Mayo's and her father's sketches included. I wasn't disappointed except for the fact I would like to see more of them.  It has so much more in it and I found it fascinating. You might also. 
I haven't been paid to say anything about this book. I can't even remember how I came upon the title. 
Have you read anything good pertaining to gardens lately? Do tell.
I hope your area is getting some of this warmer weather too. But don't get too comfortable, it is only January.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Diamonds in the snow and Annie

It is this cold, 7°F (-14°C), this morning and we were all stove up with cabin fever. So it was to save our sanity we got out for a walk. The sun was shining and since I had on all my cold weather gear it wasn't bad at all. No wind to speak of.  My nose it the only thing that was protesting. Odd how it feels when your nose hairs are freezing. 
Annie had us in marching form on the road that had been plowed through the park. What caught my eye was the reflections of the the crystals of snow in the sunlight. I tried to take a picture of it. I know one of you camera heads could do a great job at catching all those diamonds glittering on top of the snow. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you might be able to see a few specks of magic.