Earth Day is April 22, and I like to celebrate by hosting the Earth Day Reading Project, a meme where bloggers share what books inspire them to live or garden more sustainably. This year will mark the second annual Earth Day Reading Project, and this just happens to be my 100th post! What a great way to celebrate! I look forward to reading about the books that inspired and continue to inspire many of you.
This year, I have a small giveaway for bloggers that participate--moonflower seeds and cypress vine seeds. I will have a random drawing and pick as many as I have seeds for. Bloggers that are picked in the random drawing will receive either 2 moonflower seeds or 5 cypress vine seeds. In your comment, please specify which one you would be interested in.
|Moonflower and Cypress Vine|
If you want to participate, here's how:
1. Write a blog post about a book and explain why that book:
- inspired you to live or garden more sustainably - or -
- is one you would recommend to others for living or gardening more sustainably - or -
- inspires your love of nature.
2. The book does not have to be about green living, and it can be fiction or nonfiction. You may include a magazine or newspaper.
3. Post a comment here with the link to your post.
4. The Earth Day Reading Project runs from today, April 1, to April 30, so you can include your post at any time during that period.
My selection for this year is The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. I fell in love with this book as a child as did many children. With rich and humorous characters, A. A. Milne creates a world of adventure, kindness, and regard. It is a fantasy fit for children, for sure, but there are many subtle lessons that teach us about respect and tolerance. Many animals that would never get along in reality find a way to get along in his tales. They are quirky and adorable, cute and cuddly, mischievous and annoying--perfect characters for children.
Now, as an adult, I am still fascinated by these characters. The simplicity of reason and the mundane habits of normal 'people' still makes me smile and feel comforted. However, the one thing that has always charmed me most was the 100-acre wood. Here was a place that extended far and wide and provided a home for these innocent creatures. Some parts of the 100-acre wood were strange and frightening, some parts were familiar. In many ways, this wood was like the wood near my home. The forest near my home was not quite as enchanting, but it was a place to discover, to play, to sit and think. It was a place to observe animals, climb trees, and wander on magical missions. I learned how to respect nature through this book and through my own meanderings through the forest I called my own. Even now, my husband and I joke about one day finding our own 100-acre wood.
Just recently, I was presented with an artist's piece of heaven that happens to be 100 acres. This place is exactly what I would want as my 100-acre wood. She has cultivated it along with nature and created a haven of gardens and woodland paths. She is in her 70's now and is not able to keep up the work required to maintain the garden and farm. And so, she must sell this quiet and beautiful place in Canada. If only my husband and I did not need to be near a metropolitan area for our professions, I would be very tempted to make an offer. Below is a video of this lovely garden and wood. It is about 20 minutes long, so save it for a time when you can enjoy it.
Sometime after the end date for the Earth Day Reading Project, I will summarize all the posts and list all of the books. If you would like to read the posts from last year, here is a link to the blogs and books.
Earth Day Reading Project - 2011
If you would like to add the Earth Day Reading Project badge to your post or blog, here it is.
Enjoy, and Happy Earth Day!
Here is My Garden Notebook - April 2012.
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