Garden Notes

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Here’s today’s project.    The food forest attached to the community garden has two beautiful elder shrubs.     I was out at around 8:00 this morning to beat the heat and humidity.   I pulled off 18 heads, and you wouldn’t even know I was there.

Making a sugar syrup was not my idea of the best thing to do on a humid July morning, but I pushed on through, and everything is currently steeping for the next 24 hours.    I’m really looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness

0a24c0f749c3755597244367241434f414f4141I was so happy this book finally made it into paperback (I am one of those people that attempts to keep all her books in matching editions). The book is advertised as Matthew’s son Marcus’ story, which it is, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much of the current day continuation of Matthew and Diana’s family was also in there.

Marcus was originally born in the mid 1700s, in western Massachusetts, so it was fun to see the author play with the time frame around the American Revolution, and to see Matthew not associated with Diana. I also really liked how she contrasted Phoebe becoming a vampire in the present day with how it was when Marcus became a vampire.

I will say, I really hope she writes more books. She’s setting Matthew and Diana’s young twins up for some fun. I love young Philip’s griffon, and the struggles with Becca, being a half-vampire toddler who suddenly enjoys biting her elders. Their continuing story needs to be told.

Lingo – Gaston Dorren

110bc69dc302f9d596737557077434f414f4141This is an interesting little book – it’s about all the languages of Europe. It’s definitely a survey – the author chooses to highlight something interesting or quirky about each language, and you will definitely run into languages you’ve never heard of before. (I’ll admit, as an American, it’s actually kind of hard to grok exactly how diverse it is linguistically in a land where the languages spoken are the original languages. You can get a sense of it by looking at the number of languages spoken by our native tribes, but so many of those were overwhelmed by European colonization it’s still hard to understand the scale. But I digress.)

Don’t come to this book expecting to learn much about the languages themselves, though that is touched on with some of them. What you’ll get instead are interesting historical facts. Like when they decided to revive Cornish there was a schism between those that wanted to pick up where it left off in the late 1800s, and those that wanted to bring it back to its Medieval heyday. It’s a fun read if you like languages.