Monday, 2 June 2014
Magpie Monday - Vintage Nature Books
I am that person who judges a book by it's cover. I am resisting the conversion to an e-book reader, I'm not sure I'll ever be ready to abandon books for a Kindle.
These books are a case in point. I chose them because they are beautiful. It helps that the subject matter appeals to me, and I adore flicking through them. Information soaks in and next time I spot a new flower or bird in the forest, I can trawl back through my brain and put a name to it.
I remember being totally absorbed in the little Observer books as a child - both my mum and my Nana had lots and I would scan the pictures learning the names for fish, seashells and wild flowers.
Observer books for a time were hugely popular and collectable recently and their prices shot up, with charity shops reserving them for their glass cabinets, with glass-cabinet-appropriate-price-tags.
Now you might see them again back on the regular bookshelves, coming down to a more reasonable price.
The two I have here are battered and tatty, but I don't mind. They remind me of my childhood. Remind me of the long summer holiday I spent collecting and pressing wild flowers and recording them all in a little notebook with field notes, pencil drawings and identifications. I won a headmistress's prize of a £1 book token I recall and was proud as punch.
The Ladybird book of British Birds and their nests is a joy too. It seems to jog distant memories, so perhaps we had this when I was a child? So many birds detailed that I remember being common garden visitors back then, but which you so rarely see nowadays - House Martins; Jays; Wrens and Bullfinches. Where did they all go?
If you're a fan of Ladybird books, check out Ladybird Tuesday over at Being Mrs C.
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