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Monday, April 17, 2017

A Pleasant Way to Spend an Easter Evening

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I spent part of my early Easter evening crocheting, watching the first three episodes of the first season of When Calls the Heart (I've never watched it), and reading a bit in this charming little book, Red Sky at Night.  I actually bought this book back at Christmas when I came across it on a friend's Instagram account, but last night was the first chance I'd had to read a little of it and I  really enjoyed it!  It appealed to me immediately when I read this in the product description;

"In a world of traffic congestion, supermarket shopping, and 24-hour Internet access, it is easy to feel disconnected from the beauty and rhythms of the natural world. This is the book for anyone who has ever gazed in awe at stars in the night's sky, tried to catch a perfect snowflake, or longed for the comfort of a roaring log fire."

Here were a few things that caught my eye;

- Bee Lore, because I'm a wanna-be bee keeper!

- Building the perfect bonfire, because I was always been the kid who played with matches, and I'm a great fire builder, so I figured I could only improve!

- How to predict the weather, which includes things like watching the condensation trails left by aircraft because the longer they are visible the greater the amount of moisture is in the upper part of the sky. And apparently insects don't like rain, so if there are plenty of bees and butterflies around, you can be pretty confident of pleasant weather.

- A personal favorite was Pooh Sticks, from the beloved Winnie the Pooh stories, which is just throwing sticks in to a river to see whose emerges first, but the fact that this little game originated in these charming stories lends to the charm of simplicity of the game itself.

There is also an entire chapter devoted to The Turning of the Year which covers things like

- The Quarter Days
- The Twelve Months, which includes this cute little poem by George Ellis

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy

- British Feast Days (It's a British book but perfectly applicable here in the states)
- The Special Days of the Year
- Birthdays

A few others I enjoyed were;

- Gardening by the moon
- Home remedies

It's such a pleasant little read, and while most of the reviews I read were critical of the fact that you could open it up and read a paragraph and be done, that is actually part of the appeal for me. One reviewer wrote that they were "disappointed that "How to Navigate By the Stars" was not more in depth, but in my mind, if you REALLY need to know how, you shouldn't be consulting a little book like this, you should probably be taking a course! It was a perfect choice for me because there are times when I only have a little time reading and this fits the bill for those times.  Anyone who likes British books and gardening and folklore, will enjoy this gem.  I'm also REALLY enjoying When Calls the Heart!  I think I watched the first episode some time ago when it first came out, and I'm not sure why I didn't continue with it, but I'm happy to have found it.  I'm also going to look at Home Fires, I think I might like it too!  But for now I am, sadly, off to prepare for a math test I have tomorrow!  May 8 is my LAST day and I can hardly wait!

Until then my friends, take joy!

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