Library books this week


The girls are listening to Daddy read The Mousehunter at bedtime, but our daytime book selection reflects the unusually sunny, warm weather that has us all thinking of anything except the tail-end of winter.

We just finished listening to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Which is why we’re starting an asparagus bed -  Little Hen was fascinated by the chapter on asparagus – as read by Barbara Kingsolver’s daughter), interspersed with a complementary collection of Appalachian music.  Indulging a totally separate branch of the girls’ current interests, we had worked our way through a stack of books on Norse mythology and ancient Egypt.  So, it was time to order some new items.  In the afternoons, when we’ve needed a break from gardening, we’ve been scrolling through the library’s website, ordering books, books on CD, and music CDs that appeal to us.

When we went to pick up the books, it was clear that a definite theme must have been running through our collective subconscious while we were ordering:





This afternoon, while the rain comes down outside, we’ll be reading the chapters on winter and spring from Our Farm, a book about 5 siblings’ experience of a year on their family’s farm.

What books are seeing you through the end of winter, as we edge toward spring?

3 thoughts on “Library books this week”

  1. I came to your blog through Plans, and I’m glad to see you posting again.

    I love Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture. It’s got a lot of good info, but my favorite part is that the author is Australian, and finding evidence of this in the book is like a scavenger hunt. Sometimes you’ll just be reading along and they pop up–things like getting full sun with north exposure, or November being early summer. Good times!

  2. Yeah, I’ve been thumbing thru it and thinking, “I don’t think acacia and banana would do very well in the Pacific Northwest…nor do I think cockatoos will be pilfering fruit from my garden…”

    The sketches are really nice though – they give the girls a really nice visual explanation of the concepts.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. We’ve dreaming of spring here in New England. It’s been raining for the last two days, and the world is mudluscious brown and gray. It’s definitely needing some green growing things.
    _Our Farm_ looks like a great read. I’ll be looking for that one.


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