"A warm and welcoming almanack full of fascinating facts, tips, recipes, and suggestions for anyone wanting to connect to the natural world around us. "
Simply gorgeous, I felt as though I was meeting a new friend in this book. If you want to be more in touch with nature or love to live with each season, if you feel the need to nurture or feel at home when crafting and cooking, then this beautifully designed almanac is calling for you. Melinda Salisbury, best-selling and Carnegie-nominated author speaks to the very soul of those wanting to join the circle of nature and life in a more connected way. This is her second almanack (my first), and in her introduction she explains that when she realised that her love of spending time outside and curiosity about nature were no longer part of her identity she decided to make changes. She then wanted to write a modern almanac: “for people who wanted to connect, or reconnect, with nature but still live 21st-century lives”. And so she doesn’t ignore phones, she encourages home-made indulgent treats, suggests the nature you can watch using webcams, and even has a book club section. Most importantly she helps you to immerse yourself in the outdoors, in the nature that surrounds us, even if you live in a city. The almanac is divided of course into the months of the year, I love the sections where she describes what you will see when you look up into the skies, what you can buy and cook that is in season, and how you can care for yourself while feeding back into the natural cycle. The beauty is that it doesn’t feel too difficult, it feels as though you can easily step into a new, more connected you. I felt as though the book was speaking directly to me and I know I will be using this little treasure to futher appreciate our natural world. The Way Back Almanac for 2023 is wonderfully inclusive and would make a perfect gift for others, and perhaps most importantly, for yourself.