I thought I would write about the arrival of rain late last evening but it is raining too hard and it is too dark at 6:45 a.m. to go out and check the rain gauge. But rain in August is a lovely sound!
Mark and I spent half the day on Wednesday doing errands and a bit of fun shopping. Just before we left State Street, we dashed into A Room of One's Own bookstore to get the latest copy of The Progressive which our book club is reading this month. It'a choice that gives us a bit of a vacation from a big book and also fits better into a tighter schedule between meetings than usual. Our trip into Madison's longtime feminist bookstore for a magazine resulted in me getting four books (3 new hardcover and 1 used hardcover book) and Mark got four as well, though his group included more used books. But one of mine requires only a brief read each day and you could skip the reading if you feel like it.
I have a similar calendar book with photos by Mick Hales that is 6 inches x 9 and 1/2 inches but this one's large square 8x8 inch format makes for a bit of drama while providing room for text about a garden subject and a spot for you to write in important dates.
I was thinking I would put it away until January but Mark set it on the kitchen counter opened to the proper day. Who am I to argue that my gift to myself should wait another four and a half months before I start to use it!
If you look closely you can see that the illustration for today is a garden seat that is enclosed in a plexiglass pergola. I love the idea though I wonder if it would get hot without any openings for a breeze to blow through. Each photo in the book also gives the name/country of the garden designer. This is by Ulf Nordfjell from Sweden so maybe it never gets hot enough for plexi walls and ceiling to be an issue.
All-in-all a delightful present that also gives me a lovely garden to look at when it is too rainy to be out in my own.
This is a new book, just published in 2018, by Prestel Publishing whose beautiful website is worth a visit. I am receiving no remuneration for this blog post. Should you decide to buy a copy, support your local independent bookseller rather than Amazon if you are able.