Thursday, 17 October 2013

Seasonal Simplicity



Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness......
J Keats

I learnt that poem when I was about 10 and can still recite a good chunk of it off the top of my head.  Which I find quite curious seeing as I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

Childhood memories and loves are funny things.  I'm always amazed how they stay with you over the years.  Looking through my bookshelves I noticed a pattern amongst my most favourite books.  They are all connected with the seasons.  They are:

Book of the Year by Enid Blyton.  My first and still my most favourite.  I can still feel that thrill when I come across something that has been previously overlooked (or forgotten all these years on...).

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.  Lovely watercolours.  When I was at school we used to do a weekly nature walk and watercolour whatever treasures we found along the way.  Rosehips and elderberries were always my favourite.

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  A daily reminder to live abundantly which is something I really need right now.

Springwatch/Autumnwatch by Bill Oddie, Kate Humble and Simon King.  The autumn part has always been my favourite.

The River Cottage Year by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  A reminder to shop and cook seasonally.  The seasons are much more fun if you go with them rather than fight against them.  I have to remind myself of this a lot at this time of year.  Food and cooking as is a good place to start.

The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater.  Same reasoning as above plus I love his notes (Today an emergency cake is called for.  On this occasion it has to be home-made -  love the use of emergency and cake in the same sentence!) and that his (beautiful) photos are done in real time, in his kitchen.

And a recent addition to my collection, A Year of Mornings by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes.  Lovely, lovely photography.

There are probably more, but these are my favourites.  It seems my subconscious is (and has always been) aware of my what body needs even though my mind is trying to over-ride the whole system.

Back to seasonal simplicity for me.

How about you?  What are your favourite seasonal books?


Image produced for Beyond Beyond using Kim Klassen LR preset autumn collection.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tip on A Year of Mornings...ordering that for my Kindle right now :)

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  2. I love the emergency cake sentence too.
    I don't really have any books with seasonal references but i do love the changes of the seasons.

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  3. I love The Kitchen Diaries. One of my all-time favorites for food writing--but it's so much more besides food!

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  4. I love how you have illustrated the extract from this poem - so beautifully captured, these extraordinary words. I had to smile at the "mind over-ride" - we do that much to often, don't we?

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  5. Do you know I've never really thoughts about books as seasonal, or liking some at specific times of the year. Now I'm going to think about that...because just the thought of it makes me smile!

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