Monday, 6 March 2017
I woke to sunshine and thought we could work…until I took a look out the window.Never mind. Allan took some snowy garden photos:
When he went to the post office and dropped off three books at the library, he took more photos of the community building garden’s crocuses.
Meanwhile, I was reading.
It was difficult to leave the book for an early evening meeting of the Living Liberally Pacific County group. I had only heard of Swallows and Amazons in the past year and was recently reminded of it by a mention on the Tootlepedal blog.
After another productive political meeting, Allan and I repaired upstairs to the [pickled fish] restaurant.
I’d been wanting to try absinthe for some time, because I’m a fan of artemisias in the garden. It is made from Artemisia absinthium, which you can read about here. [pickled fish] serves it “in the traditional way”, involved a decanter, a spigot, and the melting of a sugar cube.
Upon departure, I was especially struck by the beauty of the planters in the foyer. Perhaps the absinthe enhanced my appreciation.
Swallows and Amazons
During the day and into the night I read Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. How did I miss this 1930 classic as a child, especially since I had then sought out British children’s book authors (like Edith Nesbit and C.S. Lewis)? As I read today, I occasionally felt verklempt about being old.
A few favourite bits from this delightful adventure of children camping on an island in the Lake District:
Oh, to have a mother as open to her children having adventures:
I have learned that the book is the first of a series. I will be reading more of them.
public service announcement
Maggie Stuckey, author of one of my favourite kitchen gardening books, The Bountiful Container, is going to be speaking at all four Timberland libraries on the subject of vegetable gardening in containers. While I would most like to attend the talk at our local Ilwaco branch, it conflicts with an ACLU training session, so we will go to the Ocean Park one. Allan took this photo at the library today.