Not the best picture of my Mom helping out editing doubles for us. She put in two solid days cleaning up the shelves in the general fiction, mysteries and romance. The place was in pretty good shape but always nice to have a little extra help tidying things up at the store. Books really are more labour intensive than you'd think.
We were lucky to be invited to join Ed on one of his forest walks. He has trails all through the bush up above his house. Amazing. What a treat to be out with someone who knows all the birds by their songs, the plants by their leaves and the animals by their tracks. Well, on top of that he made his notes in a little journal. Christ it's nice to be out with people who aren't glued to their i-phone. A wonderful Sunday morning.
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, John Cheevers, Raymond Carver, John Berryman. Olivia Laing weaves an interesting story as we retrace the lives of these famous authors. Some revealing quotes. " There's a saying in AA that addiction isn't your fault but recovery is your responsibility. It sounds simple enough, but as Berryman discovered, about as easy as standing up on a sheet of black ice. " A good read but by the end I'd felt I'd spent enough time reading about booze and writers. Having said that my next book may just be Malcolm Lowery's " Under the Volcano ".
What a way to start the new month. Katherine takes me out to her secret place were the Slipper Lilies bloom. In bloom they are. Wow. There are even a handful of new plants in the vicinity of the original. What is most interesting is that this is in a forest that's been selectively logged. You will never find this diversity in a clear cut that's been replanted into these monocultures they claim to be sustainable. Enough. We're just happy to see these beauties.
Musings on books, coffee and the small world that is Creston, British Columbia, Canada