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A unique, all-encompassing view of rural Britain, based on the celebrated, long-running BBC TV series. This beautifully illustrated book provides a month-by-month guide to everything that is happening in the natural world around us. Not only do we discover the most interesting birds, wild flowers or trees at any given time, we also find out what is happening in the fields, or on the shore, or in the rivers and lakes throughout the year. This gives us a complete understanding of the mechanics of the modern British countryside - from two-crop rotation of potatoes to the flooding risks in lowland Britain, from the explosion of invasive signal crayfish to the collapse of Britain's farmland bird populations. All of this is explained in the signature matter-of-fact way made famous by the series and illustrated with glorious colour photographs throughout which show exactly what you will come across during your countryside visit - whether you are at the southern tip of the Scilly Isles or in the far north of the Shetland Islands, and everywhere in-between.
Orchards are so rich in biodiversity, they eclipse most recognised conservation areas. Spend a year in one orchard, and celebrate this imperilled, overlooked abundance of life. As rotting windfall apples and frost lie thick on the ground, and the oldest of fruit trees bend under the weight of mistletoe, the orchard begins a new year. A chattering blanket of starlings descend on the bounty of last year's fruit, joining bramblings, blackbirds, angry-faced waxwings and intoxicated fieldfares who, drunk on fermented berries, fight one another over their rotting real estate. Even in winter, the orchard is a place of bounty, competition and continuous surprise, most of whose secrets lie hidden deep below the surface. As the seasons turn, a wealth of animals and plants are revealed: Bumble and solitary bees apartment-hunting in April; spotted flycatchers migrating in May; redstarts, hedgehogs and owls nesting in June; an explosion of life in the summer and the harvest and homespun cider-making in the autumn. And all throughout the year, the orchard's human and animal inhabitants work together, creating one of the richest ecosystems left in Britain. Their ancient tradition of collaboration between people and nature makes orchards a source of hope for the future. If we can bring new life to England's orchards - favouring organic methods and harvesting with a balanced ecosystem in mind - not only wildlife but people will have a far richer England to profit from in the centuries to come.
The Times and Irish Independent: BEST NATURE BOOKS OF THE YEAR Great nature writing needs to be informative, detailed, accurate, lyrical, and, above all, to instil a sense of gratitude and wonder. John Lewis-Stempel succeeds in all these things triumphantly. From amorous toads to the eye-popping mating habits of water boatmen, a magical celebration of pond life by one of our finest, most evocative nature writers.' Daily Mail Ponds: small bodies of water, both naturally formed and artificial, home to wondrous, multitudinous life-forms. Ponds define our childhood: frogspawn, goldfish, feeding the ducks, but also our village life, our farms, our landscape. And they are multi-layered - from carp circling the bottom to water boatmen, coot, and birds dragonflies overhead. In Still Water, John immerses himself in the murky depths, both literarily and figuratively, to explore the still waters of the British countryside through each month of the year.
From baker, beekeeper and birdwatcher to falconer, farrier and forager, join poet Angus and printmaker Lilly as they explore the British Isles, uncovering and celebrating lost and forgotten crafts and traditions. This collection of poetry and printmaking aims to capture and celebrate the heritage and craftsmanship of the British Isles. The book comprises of thirty poems with accompanying black and white linocut prints. In this book, Angus and Lilly draw attention to traditional, artisan crafts of particular importance as many are in danger of becoming 'extinct' and there is a fear that, without recognition, aspects of our cultural heritage will disappear. This is a timely celebration of rural lifestyle.
John Wyatt first encountered the Lake District during a boyhood camping trip to Windermere. He was overwhelmed by the freedom of the landscape and the closeness to nature he felt. It was as if he belonged here, amongst the fells, the crags and the endless horizon. This call to the wild stayed with him, becoming so powerful that one day he did what many only dream of: he left a steady job and his town life to become a forestry worker in a Lakeland wood at Cartmel Fell. This is one of the finest books ever written on the Lake District. Like Thoreau, John Wyatt embraced the simplicity of living alone in a woodland hut, immersing himself in a life made rich by birdsong, foraging for food the smell of woodsmoke, and the extraordinary companionship of Buck, a young roe deer discovered in the woods.
Rick Bass's deer pasture is centered in the rustic beauty of the Texas Hill Country--a land of ravines and hallows, dark and shady, with near-vertical bluffs. In the fall there the hickories turn gold and drop a ton of leaves into the creeks; the water is clear and cold and still. Also in the fall the Bass men come there for a week of camping and hunting, for the deer pasture is in the heart of white-tailed deer country, and the Basses have leased that same 956 acres for hunting each November for the past forty-nine years. In these seventeen delightful essays, handsomely illustrated with forty-one original drawings, the author tells the story of the deer pasture and its significance as a family tradition. It is not just a place to stalk deer - hunting is merely the frame for most of the stories. The deer pasture is also a place to get together, a place to chase armadillos, a place to tell campfire stories, listen to quail, make camp biscuits, and watch the antics of ringtails--and most important, a place to recharge spiritual and emotional batteries and to renew family ties. In his celebration of rock houses and full moons of the Hill Country, of waterfalls and the habits of deer, Bass conveys the close relationship of man and nature even in this modern age. In his sketches of grandparents, uncles, and cousins and their ties to this piece of land he touches on the depths of the common bonds of family. This book is not only for deer hunters and their families, but also for nature readers, even those who never go on a hunt.
Many dream of leaving the city for a new life in the country. Few follow that dream. In the late 1980's, Barbara Drake and her husband sold their home in Portland and moved to a farm in western Oregon's Yamhill Valley. Home was now a modest white house, an old red barn, and a small vineyard. In Peace at Heart, Barbara Drake reflects on ten years of country living. Weather, seasons, plants, and especially animals figure prominently in these stories. The constant company of animals - domestic and wild - on the farm inspires what Drake calls the sacramental character of country life. In essays on birthing lambs, keeping bees, raising geese, and making wine, Drake combines gentle humor, practical advice, and deep respect for the work and the land. This rich gathering of observations and meditations - on everything from border collies to Oregon mud - captures the ordinary joys and everyday blessings of country life.
Stationery that captures the spirit of adventure and the immense beauty of the great outdoors! These cards feature stunning woodcut-style illustrations depicting a range of natural landscapes, from luscious woodland forests, stunning mountain waterfalls, and gorgeous wildflower fields to golden cactus-filled deserts and dreamy beaches with swaying palm trees. * Use your correspondence to share your love of Earth's beauty! Whether you like hiking, camping, fishing, RVing, or traveling to national parks, these cards will remind you of your favorite outdoor pastimes. * These cards work for all occasions-or you can use them as unique wall art! * A great add-on gift or self-purchase for writers, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts * 20 flat cards (10 designs repeating twice), 20 envelopes, full-color illustrations throughout
In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson's transition from city living to rickety Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that improvements are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they'd always been. She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they're boycotting the store. Why? The bread, they tell her, you moved the bread from where it used to be. Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether? Follow the author to her wit's end and back, through her full immersion into rural life-swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont character.
A blank journal that captures the beauty of the great outdoors and the spirit of adventure! The cover sports a gorgeous woodcut-style illustration of a vintage camper van making its way through a lush forest. Inside, the pages are lined for easy writing and feature full-color spot illustrations. This journal is sure to spark creativity and wanderlust in journalers and nature lovers around the world. * Great for bullet journaling, note-taking, goal tracking, and list-making; or use as a daily planner, gratitude journal, or travel log! * A great add-on gift or self-purchase for writers, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts * 5 x 7 1/8-inch paperback journal with debossed cover and lay-flat binding * 192 lined pages with full-color illustration throughout
A thanksgiving and lament for life on the South Carolina coast; Columbus knew no greater thrill than I, a ten-year-old discovering new creeks and branches and islands and mainland hideaways...I resolved to make my living as an explorer and said so in school when we were all asked what we planned to do upon our growing up. John Leland lived a Huckleberry Finn sort of boyhood that most children would envy. A fifth-generation lowcountry native, he grew up fishing, swimming, and hunting arrowheads on a tidal creek just north of Charleston, South Carolina. With admirable freedom, he poled his bateau through the maze of oyster banks and the tangle of salt waterways known as Porcher's Creek. He spent years learning where the conchs congregated, where the clams kept secret rendezvous, and which hole hid the sweetest crabs. He became a naturalist by studying heron, frogs, and porpoises. Leland's existence was so interwined with Porcher's Creek that he lived, slept, and ate by its tides and seasons - until exiled by family misfortune and suburban encroachment. Leland combines nature writing and reminiscence with a heartfelt examination of change along the South Carolina coast. He celebrates Porcher's Creek as a watery refuge that links him to his childhood and ancestry, weaving together his family's story with that of the creek. He chronicles both the geographic dispersal of his family and the abandonment of traditional lowcountry ways of life. Leland takes his readers back to a time not so long ago, before golf courses, concrete, and speedboats transformed Porcher's Creek. With eloquence and humor, he dissects the life histories of its creatures - fiddler crabs, alligators, marsh hens, and more - and threads through the narrative of his own life history. On the surface a nature-lover's elegy, Porcher's Creek is in fact Leland's treatise on mankind's ambiguous place in the natural world.