Talking to Zeus: My Year in a Greek Garden

by Jane Shaw | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1849830185 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingTrojanhorsewing of Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on 6/29/2017
Buy from one of these Booksellers: | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon DE | Amazon FR | Amazon IT |
This book is in the wild! This Book is Currently in the Wild!
5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingTrojanhorsewing from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 29, 2017
From the back of the book:
"When Jane Shaw secures an internship on an organic garden in Greece, she soon discovers it will be no easy-going break in the Mediterranean. The five-acre plot is perched on a steep, remote hillside that's blindingly hot in summer, freezing in winter and overseen by an eccentric English lady called Joy."

Released 5 yrs ago (8/7/2017 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom


I'm sending this book to the winner of the Mythological sweepstakes.
Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Thank you for sending me this book it sounds very interesting my MTBR is a bit big at the moment so I'll get around to it as soon as I can

Journal Entry 4 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Saturday, February 24, 2018
An enjoyable read

Journal Entry 5 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Released 5 yrs ago (3/9/2018 UTC) at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom


Congratulations, you have picked up a travelling book!
If you have a moment, we'd love you to let us know you have the book as we're keen to follow its journey. You can even post a review when you've read it before passing it on to the next lucky person.
Happy reading!

Not sure what to do? Follow these steps!

1) You may continue as an Anonymous Finder. Or, Register as a member , then you too will receive future journal entries on this book and track its journey around the world!

2) Make a journal entry on this book to let us know how you found it!

3) If you choose to read the book, please make another journal entry when you finish it to let us know what you thought!

4) Ready to pass the book on? Click on "make release notes" to let us know where it's going! Leave the book in a public place or give it to a friend!

***Please Note***
When re-releasing this book please be aware that airports are not a good place to leave books unless they have a specific book exchange shelf or area, due to security problems, so they may well just be disposed of.

**** Also charity shops may well discard books that have been labelled in any way and they mostly chose only the books in the very best condition to place on their shelves and discard the rest-so another bad release option. ****

Journal Entry 6 by wingSpatialwing at Arlington, Virginia USA on Monday, March 26, 2018
Thank you for sending this interesting novel, Abi-Gibby! I can’t wait to dive in!

Journal Entry 7 by wingSpatialwing at BookCrossing Meet-Up, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, December 15, 2018

Released 4 yrs ago (12/16/2018 UTC) at BookCrossing Meet-Up, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases


❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄

Not a Wishlist book but a possible suprise
for someone at the BCinDC Holiday Party!

❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄

Journal Entry 8 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA on Monday, December 17, 2018
Thank you, Spatial, for thinking of me with this book! I loved Greece when I attended the convention there. Speaking of conventions, I met Abi-Gibby and hung out with her in our dorm room at the Oxford Convention. Kind of cool to see her name here {waving arm in direction of UK}

Journal Entry 9 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Zeus is a lion. A real no-longer-live-now-taxidermied lion. He lives in the very small outbuilding where the author resides during her sojourn in this garden that is somehow both quite remote and located just off the highway connecting Athens and the airport. Jane calls the building Alcatraz. Somedays it is scorching hot. Other days (months later) it is frigid and the pipes are frozen and she must be dug out of the snowdrift at the front door. Her boss/landlady/eventual dear friend Joy is eccentric at best and incredibly exacting. Together they labor in a 5 acre garden stocked with native plants where strict forms of water conservation and land-use are practiced.

I am not a person who knows much about flowers or plants. I can recognize orchids and lavender and iris, all of which exist in this garden, but most of the others are but semi-familiar names to me. At times, I wished I knew more about them because I knew it would have enhanced my understanding of the book, but I don't think it was a true impediment. I sympathized with Jane as the fish-out-of-water in a challenging environment, I laughed at the antics of Joy's pets, I immediately loved Pavlos the giant teddy bear man, and I grew to care and worry about Joy. I also grew to care about the fate of the garden and to understand the importance of the work they were doing on a shoestring. I know that I could not have done the physical labor involved in maintaining the garden Helikion, but I think I would have enjoyed much of the rest of the adventure. Maybe not Joy's driving, though. And definitely not daily ouzo -- I don't drink and I loathe licorice. It was nice, however, to have this experience vicariously and I would be interested in knowing what else the author has done and learned since then, more on a personal level than a professional one.

Journal Entry 10 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA on Friday, March 17, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (3/18/2023 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA


Taking this book to March meet-up in Virginia. I will offer it first to SqNutZips (Zippy) because she is doing the 666 challenge and she enjoys nature and gardening so this might work for her. Otherwise, it should find someone else to enjoy it.

Any future reader or recipient of this book is encouraged to leave a journal entry here on the BookCrossing site to let prior readers know the fate of the book. You can make an anonymous entry without joining the BookCrossing movement, but if you are interested in joining, it is a free and spam-free community where your contact information is not shared with others. Best of all, members receive private messages via e-mail from books like this one when those books are journaled, allowing for long-term relationships between books and readers.

Journal Entry 11 by wingSqNutZipswing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Thursday, March 23, 2023
Thank U 6 for bringing this book to the BCinDC March meetup at the Potbelly Sandwich shop on Carlyle street in Alexandria Va. I am putting this book on my TBR pile for the 6 continents, 6 countries/continent BC reading challenge.

Journal Entry 12 by wingSqNutZipswing at Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA on Thursday, May 18, 2023

Released 1 wk ago (5/20/2023 UTC) at Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA


This bookis being released at the Gaithersburg Book Festival at the BookCrossing tent peopled by the ever enthusiastic book loving BCinDC memebers. The BookCrossing booth is sponsored by BCinDC, the local DC/Maryland/Virginia BookCrossing meetup group.

To the person who finds this book.....
Keep it or release it, read it or not, but please make a journal entry to let me know it's been found. Keep it, pass it on to a friend or release it into the wild.... let the journey continue.....

If you are new to BookCrossing, welcome! You can remain anonymous or join BookCrossing, it's free, spam free and advertisement free and loads of fun.

By joining BookCrossing you can keep track of where the book has been and where it's going.

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.