Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life by Marta McDowell


Another 'pre-birthday-treat' - just like my little bird bottle bought from the same store shown towards the end of this post - was a book on Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life by Marta McDowell.  It is full of interesting stories about one of my favorite authors since childhood, with the lovliest old photos and illustrations from Beatrix herself.  I love it!  A wonderful book to add to my collection, and one I can see will be going back to again and again.

With grateful thanks to Marta McDowell, for bringing us such a delightful book.

Here are a few photos from its pages.


















27 comments:

Linda said...

What a gorgeous book, Denise! What a treasure for a pre birthday treat. :)

Penelope Puddlisms said...

What a great post! I have feasted on the cozy art and words of Beatrix Potter for years and years since childhood and eventually shared the delightful art and stories with my daughter when she was little. This book appears to give a well-rounded view of the author/artist … I have always thought of her as energetic and sturdy. As someone who could dissect animals in quest of understanding anatomy, she also had a healthy pragmatism about the life in her garden.

Ginny said...

Oh my GOSH!!! I am going to Amazon straight away and buying it! We love Beatrix, and have her complete stories. I also watched a movie on her life. Thanks so much, I am off to buy it now!!!

Ginny said...

Done! I just bought it. Can't wait!

Sandra said...

my favor tie page of the ones you showed us is the one with the drawings of chickens and cats.. what a find.

Stephanie said...

Lovely book you have there.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, what a lovely birthday gift.. I have enjoyed Beatrix's stories too! Enjoy your new book! Have a happy week!

SeagullSuzie said...

What a beautiful, beautiful book.

Linda Kay said...

Looks like a great find, Denise!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Oh yes I love Beatrix also, although I didn't know her as a child. I read her books to my kids while I read mostly American authors as a child. Exceptions were 'The Secret Garden' and the Mother goose stories. Mom read Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry, including "The Land of counterpane" to me when I was sick. Mom also loved Robbie Burns and quoted him frequently. Now I've had another memory bubble, thanks to you. Great post!

Jane and Chris said...

Delightful!
Jane x

Elephant's Child said...

What an amazing coincidence. The smaller portion, knowing my love of Beatrix Potter, gardens and biographies gave this book to me. It is lurking in my unread tower - and getting closer to the top.

happywonderer.com said...

I really love all things Beatrix Potter. Might have to put this on my list...

William Kendall said...

What a fine gift!

Michelle said...

How lovely!

Red said...

Beatrix Potter is certainly a classic.

Rose said...

That looks like a wonderful book...think I will check the libraries to see if either have it.

Jane said...

Hello Denise, I found this post via this n that, and I soon as I spotted Beatrix Potter and gardening in the same title I was hooked! My family come from very close to where Beatrix spent her life in the Lakes, and though I now live in Australia, there will always be a place in my heart for her books. This one looks great and I am certainly going to try and get hold of a copy. Thank you so much, Jane

Cloudia said...

Made for you!




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Valerie said...

When I was a kid I couldn't get enough of the Beatrice Potter characters. She wrote such fascinating tales. Did you see the film about her?

Mimsie said...

What a wonderful post about a delightful book. I know little of Beatrice Potter or her works but you've got me interested so more reading ahead of me now.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

How very interesting!! You have a treasure there.

Linda Gross said...

Nice book!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful addition to your library -- I've never outgrown Beatrix and now that even my great-grandsons are past the age of wanting to hear these books read aloud I miss her! I'd love to read this book.

kissed by an angel said...

Such a beautiful post and wonderful book and 'pre-birthday-treat' for you Denise!!!
It's on my wish list now :)
I have a movie about her life and her work...She was such a talented and creative woman and her tiny characters are so, so cute!

Enjoy this treasure and also beautiful, warm and sunny spring days :)

Mama Zen said...

What a beautiful book!

Kay said...

I saw the movie Miss Potter and really enjoyed it. She was really an amazing person!