Earlier today I finished reading The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams. It was a really interesting read and helped me understand my persistent desire to have houseplants despite my equally persistent black thumb. I am very much a city girl, but I need sunlight and greenery (preferably trees), and this book has helped me figure out that these are things that really do make me feel grounded/centered. To quote Williams in the epilogue, “Distilling what I learned, I came up with a kind of ultrasimple coda: Go outside, often, sometimes in wild places. Bring friends or not. Breathe.” #bookstagram#booklove#igreads#bookreview#naturebooks#minibookreview
One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, #TheMeaningOfBirds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich. // From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird—and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life. ...
We’ve still got snow on the ground here in VA! Sorta. It’s getting warmer so the roads are gross, but everywhere else it’s still pretty!
Back to work today, after a weekend of finally finishing the DARKER SHADES OF MAGIC trilogy!!! It took me forever I know. 😂 But I loved it! And reading it via my beautiful matching hardcovers was worth the wait. 🙌
Just finished Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis. A story told through the point of view of a young boy who lives on a grouse moor. This is a hot topic in the UK today, with birds of prey being shot to 'protect' grouse moors. Gill manages to fit in all the facts whilst still creating an engaging and emotive story.
Afternoons were my drag time. I could not drink enough caffeine to stay awake then I would ironically be up all night thanks either to the caffeine or chronic disease or both. Either way, afternoons were miserable. These days there is more delight and going outside for a walk to the pond isn't a big deal. We had so much fun throwing rocks into the frozen pond and searching for new birds to put in our book. 🦆 What about you? Do you start dragging in the afternoons and find it hard to stay awake? Are you missing out on opportunities like this with your kids because you're just mentally and physically exhausted? I'm appreciative for the moments like these and the memories made! 💚