Sue Hubbell writes in a very easy to read fashion. I enjoyed this book. I thought it read like a diary, as it details the authors life in the Ozarks in Missouri. She notices how God made everything to work in conjunction with everything else- it usually takes man it mess it all up!!! This is a book you will enjoy, a good take on life and nature.
Amazing book. I first read her "A Book of Bees"- and am now a beekeeper myself, with her influence significant in that decision. This one is just as good, and has extra bee anecdotes, as well as descritptions of many other things. I adored it.
Nature writing weaved into one year's reflections of an Ozark beekeeper who happens to be female.
Nontraditional careers for women hold a certain fascination for those of us who grew up in the 50's and 60's. Hubbell's joy in the simple things of life while recognizing the hardships gives hope to those of us trained to believe we cannot make it in this world without a man. A good read for a cold winter's night.
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Hubbell's book is actually more of a journal of her life/thoughts/sightings the year after an unsettling divorce. She moves from her married home to the Ozarks to take time to heal and dwell on her life. It is here she finds solace and calm and just the right atmosphere to find herself again.
The chapters are divided by seasons and she enchantingly recounts her observations on wildlife and nature as time passes. She begins with Spring and ends with Spring, a time of rebuilding and hope for the future, which was quite fitting.
I loved her insights and musings about life. You can feel yourself relaxing as she relates her tales. She has to learn how to do many things to sustain herself and she does meet each challenge. She develops friendships with other humans as well as the animals. Being a full-time beekeeper helps to keep her busy and in funds. But then she is a minimalist.
All in all a most delightful read and recommended for those who love nature and the country life. It is almost like reading someone's personal letters.
A wonderful summer read. If I hadn't moved to the country already I'd be packing. This author has captured the heart of country living. Sharing her personal experience as she watched the seasons change, the many hardships she experienced and overcame. The numerous joys she experienced by watching the daily antics of wildlife and interacting with neighbors suited her life-style. Acquiring new skills to replace a pump-house, remodel her barn and cabin made me cheer for her. I enjoyed the little known facts about raising bees and harvesting their honey. By including her experience of marketing in a competitive world she reminded me of the fast-paced world she had left behind. Takes one back to our roots of self-sufficiency. Excellent read.