Enjoyable essays about gardening and life. I especially enjoyed the essays about Raver's visits back to the farm where she spent her childhood. Many of the essays also contain gardening tips. The book makes for pleasant and quick reading.
An Exploration of Country Pleasures.*** All I can say if you are a gardener and love to read Essay Type books by other fellow gardeners like I do then you are going to LOVE this book! It is one of my all time favorites and difficult for me to pass on, but I've re-read it so many times that I have it memorized so pass it on, I will.
In this collection of brief essays on nature, life, and occasionally gardening, the garden columnist of the New York Times ranges widely, musing on the life of the sea turtle and the dangers of chemical pest control, how weeding the vegetable patch can lead to planning a rose arbor, and the satisfaction of mowing a lawn with a hand mower. Many essays are autobiographical, ranging in setting from Long Island to Brooklyn to the family farm in Maryland as Raver explores the challenge of gardening wherever she lives with her dog, Molly, and her cat, Mrs. Grey. Raver is at her best when she describes how, against her principles, she used chemical sprays on her father's roses in order to bring blooms to his hospital bedside. For all whose minds roam while they are on their knees in the garden.