My Hero, Marianne North

My dreams are to be an artist and a plant hunter.

So, it is only fitting that I stumbled across this book in the middle of the night.

When I can’t sleep I do one of two things.

I play the app game, “Name That Bird” or I search through sample books on my Nook.

Who could resist this cover page?

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After reading a sample of Marianne’s adventures, I was hooked.

She was an artistic, female version of Charles Darwin, another hero of mine.   The two knew each other!

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I then ordered the Nook book Abundant Beauty.   No hard copies available on-line.

Her earlier book, Recollections of a Happy Life, is free as an e-book.

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The paperback book, Marianne North: A Very Intrepid Painter, by Michelle Payne can be purchased.

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Marianne traveled around the world in the 1800’s painting exotic plants, flowers, fruits, insects, birds and animals.

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She also painted landscapes.

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When she returned home, she donated a building in Kew Gardens to house all her paintings.

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She wanted to include a snack bar (tea room) but they wouldn’t allow that.

What an adventurous and talented woman, who was way ahead of her time.

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Hot Out? Stay In.

July is brutal in North Carolina.

I have been out today working on two different posts.

I  just can’t stand the thought of another shower before my afternoon appointment.

So I plan to look over a new book I discovered via my Nook.

I check out samples of e-books.  If I like them, I then order the paper version.

My latest gardening book is A Gardener’s Latin by Richard Bird.

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I have learned a lot of Latin over the years as a scientist, but this one breaks it down for gardeners.

This is a lovely book that is hardback and a good size for carrying around.

It is sectioned by groupings such as prefixes and suffixes, places, textures, habitats, colors, shapes…

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Did you know that roseus, ruber, rubens, rufus, russatus and sanguineus all refer to various shades of red?

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The illustrations on each page are colorful and delightful.

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I plan to take this little treasure with me to my appointment.

No use sitting around looking at old magazines.

Read with the FLOWER.

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Day Read

I love plants. I love books. I love books about plants. I love paintings and drawings of plants.

So…. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

The Plant Hunters by Carolyn Fry is the most beautiful book I have ever owned. It comes in a sleeve to protect the many lovely documents inside.

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I just opened it this morning for the first time.

Every page has beautiful illustrations.

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If that isn’t enough, there are envelopes throughout the book containing copies of historic maps and documents.

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These explorers were like “Indiana Jones” characters hunting for green treasure instead of gold.

I am so happy to be going on an indoor adventure during this dreary, rainy day.

Read with the FLOWER.