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.