As we approach the festive period it is a good time for me to share a few of the interesting books that I have been sent to review. All of them are very good reads.
A Year in the Woods by Torbjorn Ekelund is Torbjorn's diary of his long held dream of a big adventure. This is a gem of a book. Instead of going on a huge expedition to some far-flung place as he had always expected it to be; he went to stay in the woods, one day/night every month, to the same wood each time. It does not sound much does it, yet reading this book opens up a fascinating story of what those twelve visits became. The wood was not far from his home and he expected that by returning to the same place the adventure would be seeing the small changes that happen in the same place over the course of a year. Torbjorn chose a place about an hour's walk from the car park by a pond. He tells of how he hoped to think big thoughts on his nights outdoors. This journal of his time outdoors finds some big thoughts, some small thoughts and practical lessons learned. It is a very personal and honest book. I loved reading it as it is a journey into the woods where Torbjorn navigates the woods, his family and himself.
A Year in the Woods is published by Greystone Books and retails for around £13
Taming Fruit by Bernd Brunner is published by Greystone Books and retails at around £20
This books tells you all you need to know to start making rag-rugs. There are different types and different looks you can achieve. All are easy to do, you just need the basic tools and some rags and some time. You can make tufted rag rugs, knitted ones and plaited ones. The plaited ones particularly appeal to me. You create long plaits of fabric that you then coil and sew to make your rug. This is going to have to be done. This book is an excellent guide to get you started and would delight the sustainable-conscious person in your life.