Recently I discovered a very enchanting book. It’s called “The country diary of an Edwardian lady” written and illustrated by Edith Holden. I’m so happy I found it in Dutch. This charming diary is about a year in nature in 1906. When reading her diary it feels like I’m in another world and yet a lot of the flowers and plants she paints I recognize. Happily all these plants and flowers are still blooming more than 100 years later!
This lovely book is filled with pages of beautiful watercolors of plants, animals, birds, bees, butterflies and bugs, each one with exquisite color and detail. It was much fun to identify a lot of these plants in and around our garden.
She also wrote down lovely poems and little quotes about every month. I would like to share 2 poems for August.
“Fairest of months! Ripe summer queen
the hey-day of the year
with robes that gleam with sunny sheen,
sweet August doth appear”
by R. Combe Miller
“The moor cock springs on whirring wings
among the blooming heather,
Come, let us stray our gladsome way
and view the charms of nature,
the rustling corn, the fruited thorn,
and every happy creature”
by Robert Burns
August is indeed the loveliest month of summer but nevertheless I can feel a bit of Autumn in the fresh air in the morning and evenings. I do hope August will give us some more summer days to enjoy! Has anyone of you read this beautiful book too?