09/12/10

round up! Goodbye November

weeding out the best reads from another busy month on the internet

After a surprisingly quiet October, there were pleasantly richer pickings to be had in November's literary world.

Here are a few of our favourite pieces.

  • positively therapeutic - In a fascinating article in the Financial Times Robin Lane Fox introduced us to the work of Anna Baker Cresswell's wonderful charity for soldiers suffering from PSTD, Gardening Leave. "Gardening activates a sense of hope".
  • new pastures - In personal growth and putting down roots Dan Pearson began what looks to be (we hope!) an ongoing series in his Observer column tracking his transition from urban London to his new home on a Somerset small holding.
  • late show - This was followed by another beautiful piece, this time celebrating Nerines in all their November glory. "Nerines are well known for sulking for a year or two after replanting".
  • in praise of perry Nick Mann's article in the Financial Times on growing old-but-not-quite-forgotton fruit varieties caught our eye. "Re-establishing local fruit varieties is a way of reconnecting with local history and community and of celebrating regional distinctiveness."
  • Himalayan highs - Having spent three wonderful weeks in Nepal in September we enjoyed Anna Pavord's lovely article in The Independent about walking and plant finding in the Himalayas. And yes, like Anna, we began planning our next trip as soon as we got back too.
  • Chelsea competition - And finally, a competition in Gardens Illustrated to win VIP tickets to next year's Chelsea Flower Show. The winner will also gain a year's free membership to the RHS, as well as a glass of champagne on the Laurent Perrier show garden stand.

Happy reading...