Company comes; times alter. Rosehips are turning orange, soon to be fooling walkers-by into thinking they are little tomatoes and then the puckers come. But always we read.

Millie is reading Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 (P.S.) (chosen from the family exchange) and is the second person to recommend it for Roseledge Books. Good water-travel book, great tsunami. She’s also reading Julia Spencer-Fleming’s In the Bleak Midwinter (A Rev. Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery) (chosen from my summer “tested” shelf) and is nearly ready for books three, four, and five of the adventures of the police chief and the Vicar. After Krakatoa comes Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, the late August book club choice.


Fig. #34. A garden of rocks rimmed with grass aqt the lighthouse.

For the garden and the mystery, I’m reading and liking a lot Mark Mills’ The Savage Gardenwhich is about deciphering the puzzle in the pattern of a centuries-old garden in Italy. I love it when a book makes me look differently at something I thought I knew enough about. There’s always time for Judge Deborah Knott’s North Carolina adventures in Margaret Maron’s latest, Winter’s Child. In the wings are Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses: A Novel (it has a Norwegian voice, says my Norwegian friend who liked it a lot) interspersed with Daniel Silva’s latest Gabriel Allon adventure, The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon).

Scott is trying to find an edition of Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories that has additional stories titled “The [something] of Betsy Lane” and “Town Poor.” Roseledge Books has three editions of CPF (our locally-claimed classic), but none worked. He’s off to a St. George Historical Society potluck and talk about the Poor Farm of St. George. Maybe SOJ used as a model that very (now defunct) Poor Farm behind the handsome, renovated farm house across from George the Potter’s.

How can there be this much water in the clouds? (See webcam.)

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