The Ghost Orchard
2 journalers for this copy...
Humphreys weaves some memoir aspects into this work of natural history, and if they don't always completely fit, that is forgiven for the personal perspective that they bring to the subject matter. In addition, the book includes full-color watercolor paintings of apples done by watercolor artists hired by the USDA. These watercolorists are the subject of the third essay in the book.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Later: Very enjoyable read, from the haunting accounts of the long-vanished orchards to the much-appreciated look at some of the artists who created the lovely images of different varieties of apples. (Some years back I was able to sample a variety of heirloom apples through a Michigan-based farm that provided species not available to supermarkets, and I saw some of those varieties pictured in this book - a nice memory for me there!) I also appreciated the "Robert Frost" chapter; I've visited the Derry farm where he worked an orchard for several years, and I love his poetry. The chapter also had some touching memoirs from the author about herself and a friend, tying them in to the Frost retrospective. (Her description of Frost's orchard in Ripton, Vermont made me want to add that to the "road trip when it's safe to travel long distances" list.)
And there's more, including the author's whimsical imaginings about the possible discovery of the White Winter Pearmain apple that she began her account with. And this quote:
"It is an intimate act, tasting an apple - having the flesh of the fruit in our mouths, the juice on our tongues. Ann Jessop bites into an apple in an English orchard in the hot summer of 1790 in the middle of her life, and I bite into the same kind of apple in 2016, in the middle of my life, and taste what she did. For the time it takes to eat the apple, I am where she was, and I know what she knows, and there is no separation between us."
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I left this book in the Little Free Library on this beautiful day; hope someone enjoys the book! (This LFL is just down the road from a farm stand and some apple orchards, so it seemed like a suitable spot.)
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*** Released for the 2020 April Showers/May Flowers challenge. ***
*** Released for the 2020 Keep Them Moving challenge. ***