I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetouseness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden.
- Abraham Cowley, "The Garden" (1666)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

After several months of somewhat heavy non-fiction reading this winter, I decided to lighten up and get lost in some novels. Just finished a couple of Rebecca Tope, English murder mysteries: A Cotswald Killing and`````uiiiiiiyhuggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg Oh oops, that was Henry walking across the keyboard! Anyhoo, yes the other one was Fear in the Cotswalds. Both good and harmless reads, with images of beautiful England and coziness and gardens etc. So right now I am reading Enchanted April that I picked up at a thrift store. Really enjoying it alot! Saw the movie long ago, and when I'm done reading the book, will rent the movie.
My friend let me know it was the beginning of Lent and what would I be willing to give up for forty days? I considered and said ,"Liver."  no, but seriously, how about watching the news? I have recently given that up most days, unless it is being watched by husband and I'm in the same room. It is so darn depressing, so I put on some nice music and read, or watch a garden show, (Recreating Eden) most mornings. I think it actually does make a difference. If you are trying to stay peaceful and creative yourself, the news is a toxic dumping of fear and negativity that squelches any hopeful or bright or creative feelings. So later on, will make some tea, and set away a few minutes to escape to Enchanted April, set in warm Italy, while here it is cold and rainy February. cheers!

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