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.
So this picture is actually from late April. Katherine used them to made us a brilliant omelet for lunch. I on the other had was skunked on my last try foraging. Saturday May 16 and I came back empty handed. To late, to dry or just not looking in the right spot. Who knows. Just nice to get out an root around even if you do have to come home to a cheese sandwich.
Katherine is knee deep in rasberry prunings. March started out so nice and then turned to rain. Only now, early April that a guy can get back into the garden. Which makes me think I should be looking for the shovel to start turning it over. Still cool at weather you get an early or late start it allways equels out in the end.
First week in April and these little beauties are out. We found them along the upper trail to the Williams Creek falls. In the fall your trecking through waist high wet grass and in the summer of course the mosquetoes are a little much. For me theses next couple of months is the nicest time. We park at the Summit Creek pull out and head north. Maybe next weekend we'll try past the falls.
I so enjoy coming back to this Hemingway every few years. What a lovely little read. Small but full to overflowing. To me only a great author who's spent their entire life writing could sit down and pen such a story. So simple and so powerfull. The art of writing at it's best.
We allways start the new year off with the DOOM & GLOOM window display. It's a favorite for a lot of our customers. Allso a time to remember a favorite customer, Will Hudson. " There is no such thing as good progress." I think we'll have to post a photo of him one day along with a few more of his sayings. A depressing window for a dull and depressing time of year. Apppy New Year Everyone.
Musings on books, coffee and the small world that is Creston, British Columbia, Canada