I was delighted to receive a copy of Julia Rothman's book Farm Anatomy, The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life from Storey Publishing. You may be familiar with Julia's illustrations, wall papers, notecards and pattern designs. She has been featured on the blog Design Sponge (DesignSponge.com) and in magazines such as O At Home, ReadyMade, and Domino.
This book is right up my alley. Not only does the subject matter interest me, but it's a visual treat. Whether she's discussing plants to use for natural dye or how to plow a field, Julia relies on illustrations with just a bit of text to convey the information. This makes otherwise complicated topics pretty darn easy to understand. Makes me wonder why other books aren't written this way.
Of course, the clincher for me is the spread on heritage turkey breeds. How can I not love a book that includes heritage turkey breeds?
So how about a copy of Farm Anatomy for your library? Post a comment about what you would raise on a farm for a chance to win Farm Anatomy. I'll pick a winner Monday December 12, 2011.*
Check out more of Julia's illustrations online at
http://juliarothman.com/ & read her book blog at http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/
I'm out of town this week so I asked my digital manager Mary Ellen Pyle to write this guest blog about a Girls Night Out at the Garden Home Retreat.
When Allen goes out of town everyone in the office breathes a collective sigh. Not that we don't love the guy, it's just nice to have him out of the way sometimes so we can get things done. Brilliant as he is, he's not one for detail work and there's a lot of that around here. Last week we shipped Allen off to Merry Olde England where he is visiting a few estate gardens in Norfolk and Suffolk. He's sure to return full of new ideas he wants to try out.
Before Allen left he set the ladies up with a Girls Night Out at the Garden Home Retreat. The theme was red wine and chocolate. He gave us some tips for dressing up the space without expending a lot of energy. After all, Girls Night Out is about having a good time without a whole lot of effort.
Girl's Night Out Sangria
- 1 bottle red wine (Pinot Noir works well)
- 1/4 cup Cointreau liqueur
- 1/4 cup Lombardi limonata
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
- 6 thin orange slices, cut in half
- 1/2 peach or other seasonal fruit, cut in thin wedges
- 1/2 bottle Mountain Valley Sparkling Water or to taste (1 liter bottle)
Combine all ingredients in a covered container and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, or serve over ice.
Sur La Table La Rochere Glassware
Mountain Valley Water