Maple leaves are falling EVERYWHERE around us–today and tomorrow it’s supposed to be warm and sunny, so we’re gearing up to clean our deck, prune the lilac bushes, and prepare the garden for winter.
Ah, the changing of seasons–one reason to love the Midwest. This consistent seasonal transformation also intrigued British immigrant Everett Herring in LAND THAT I LOVE. He and Donnie marked the changes by the location of sunlight on their barn wall as the months passed.
This morning a Colorado writer friend brightened my week by posting her review. What could be more encouraging to an author? When all is said and done and we write THE END, reviews become our best friends.
So here is Patti Shene’s review–an objective reader’s take on Everett and Donnie’s story. Definitely MADE MY DAY–thank you Patti Shene!
Ever have one of those caught-in-sunlight moments? At peace with life, we notice beauty all around, and embrace the comfort it gives. Like these outrageously bright zinnias, may we all enjoy more of these times.
When heat and oppressive humidity make it difficult to breathe, having a wind sweep in from the Northwest changes everything. Not just the weather, but our outlooks. Suddenly, we can enjoy being outdoors again, so I am.
Here’s a bit of “cottage garden” that meets the eye in our back yard.
I can only imagine how tough it was for Everett to arrive at this same effect back during World War II when he emigrated from England to Texas Hill Country. Hotter, dryer, rockier. But he used his tenacity and determination, just like the pioneers of the previous century as he grew to love his new home in Land That I Love.
Beside the fence, hollyhocks are growing. Next year, I hope, they’ll regale us as a backdrop to all of the other plantings. Tenacity, determination, and PATIENCE!
Our granddaughter had to get WAY DOWN LOW for this photo to work:
Here, she shot what we normally see, as well as the view looking up:
In researching Land That I Love, I’ve had to get way down, too.
Way down into German American history in the state of Texas. Way down into human skills of surviving loss and rising above bitterness. Way down into the beauty of nature and how it frosts our lives with joy.
From cottage garden lore to the history of Nottinghamshire, to World War II and how it affected American and British citizens even in remote locales, to learning spelling in a one-room Texas Hill Country schoolhouse- Land That I Love offers all these.
Coming in late August to a purchase site near you!