Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Complete Kitchen Garden: The Art of Designing and Planting an Edible Garden by Patrick Bowe

At Library House Books and Art I always find something to purchase and this day it was a hardbound copy of Patrick Bowe's book, The Complete Kitchen Garden. You will find my review below.

The Complete Kitchen Garden: The Art of Designing and Planting an Edible Garden Hardcover – October 1, 1996
Patrick Bowe (Author)
Cynthia Woodyard (Photographer)
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Macmillan General Reference; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0028613090
ISBN-13: 978-0028613093
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches

Focusing primarily on the aesthetics of this new garden form, The Complete Kitchen Garden is a study in design for the home gardener. Garden site and size considerations are followed by recommendations for constructing paths, edges, beds, walls, fences, and other architectural elements. Lists of appropriate plants provide a melange of color, form, and texture choices to help ensure a successful kitchen garden. There are even resources for seed suppliers and public kitchen gardens around the world.
Throughout the book are examples of noteworthy kitchen gardens in the U.S., Europe, and Canada, both modest and grand, for inspiration. A wealth of beautiful photography by Cynthia Woodyard helps make The Complete Kitchen Garden a comprehensive tool for beginning kitchen gardeners everywhere.

My Review
I stopped in at one of my favorite used book stores and while browsing the shelves found a hardbound copy of the book The Complete Kitchen Garden: The Art of Designing and Planting an Edible Garden.
Out of many thousands of books, at a glance, I chose to purchase it. 
First off, I do appreciate the cover image. It is fun to watch cabbage develop and I've always grown cabbage in my kitchen garden. 
The forward by Rosemary Verey points out how this book is different from many.
The book provides interesting information on things that interest me such as bed orientation, Intercropping, and Close-Planting. I liked the fact that the book references practical elements such as the bean tunnels of the famous picture book illustrator and author Tasha Tudor. I also enjoyed learning more about the history of forcing jars as well as Antique Gardening Tools and Equipment.

If you are reading my blog this week the Top 10 audience is from United Arab Emirates, United States, Portugal, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Ukraine, Ghana and Russia

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Author Spotlight Darlene Green

I recently received a couple of books written by Darlene Green and she offers my blog viewers more information on her book series In Service to Love.

In Service to Love: Living on the Edge of Creation
by Darlene Green

In Service to Love began the morning of December 26, 2017. When I awoke, I felt immediately overcome with Love, appreciation, and enveloped in the rich, palpable presence of the sacred divine. I could feel and see the exquisite, brilliant light of Masters, and the Elohim before me. I could do no other than sob. An invitation was extended to sit with the Masters of the Council of Light as Scribe for one year in collaboration. I said, Yes!” I knew in an instant this was the mission I had always felt at the depths of my being and was so sacredly kept I dared not even utter the words. And Day 1” poured through my fingers.
I have always been deeply empathic, intuitive and sensitive. This created a chasm between what I sensed and the physical reality I saw. I became an avid student of spirituality and pieces of the puzzle started lining up. I never thought of myself as a writer. My natural inclinations are as a healer and teacher. In 2015 I connected powerfully with my own history as Scribe with profound events at sacred sites in Southern France. I began to practice reaching for the fine frequencies that contain inspiration. It was both beautiful and frustrating as the experience required developing adeptness at sensing my own inner realms. Following a car accident in February of 2017, all work stopped as I turned deeply inward for healing. Then December 26, 2017 occurred.
As I sat down each day to write In Service to Love, I was guided by the Council of Light to what I can only describe as a field of fine, exquisite frequency that contains depth, concepts, pictures and colors. Each day was written from a different frequency even as my mind struggled to understand the process. Sometimes full concepts landed in my awareness as a picture that contained all the information then, my work was to interpret the picture I was given utilizing words that were a frequency match. Some days I was invited to expand my reach as the Council of Light moved into even finer light realms. Other times there was no thinking at all as the words flowed like honey onto the keyboard. 
I continue to live a Masters class in accessing original thought. At times I work to reach the space of connection and ultimately realize there is some limitation I am taking into the space that clouds my vision. My personality left to its own devices is fraught with doubt. So, my goal is to access my unlimited divine knowing by raising my awareness and frequency. In those moments in meditation I ask, What may I release that I may see clearly?” Mostly what shows up are ways I discount myself. When I release my limitations, the air clears as I reach my truth unfettered by the beliefs of my personality. An expansive sense of freedom and delight ensues.
Two of the keys to access my most potent creativity:
1) Immaculate presence in the Now: I visualize myself within a series of concentric circles, with my center-most point being the exquisite stillness of the present moment. When my attention is in the outer-rings I am highly distracted, so, I watch myself walk to my center. There I experience the absence of thought. I take a deep breath and allow. 
2) Willingness to not know: Accessing my greatest innovative capacity only occurs as I move beyond what I already know. Potent creating is not about rearranging what already has been, it is about accessing my own high frequency field where innovation arises in my awareness only in the Now moment.
Central messaging of In Service to Love invites us each to consider our own innovative capacity. Not as something that is unreachable, or only for a few of us, but as something that is deeply, intrinsically connected to our souls voice. As we connect to our own hearts essence, we become the contribution we each intend. I continue to lean into the unknown to move beyond my own limited perceptions as I write daily. I feel the time we are in now requests our best to show up. With works inspired through the lens of our essential Self, how could we be anything else? 
I am hoping the works of In Service to Love invites a new perspective for the reader. One that resonates powerfully with their own exquisite truth. Enlightenment is not a state to be earned; it is a natural process where we claim our wholeness. When we gently release the burden of who we are not, who we are shines brilliantly.
About the Author:
Highly sensitive, a natural empath, healer, teacher and scribe, Darlene Green has followed her heart's direction in discovery of the sacred in life. After many years of spiritual practice and study, Darlene experienced an invitation by the Masters of the Council of Light to sit with them as scribe, daily, for one year and one day. The result is the extensive body of work that is In Service to Love, relayed through three books: In Service to Love Book 1: Love RememberedIn Service to Love Book 2: Love Elevated and In Service to Love Book 3: Love Now. For more information, please visit and follow Darlene on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, June 22, 2020

In Service to Love Darlene Green

In Service to Love (Book 1)
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Waterside Productions (December 13, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1949003957
ISBN-13: 978-1949003956
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

In Service to Love (Book 2)
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Waterside Productions (April 15, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1949003647
ISBN-13: 978-1949003642
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

In Service to Love offers a pathway for shifting your awareness from the de-stabilizing chaos of the external world to the ever-present, potent, multi-dimensional, innovative expression of Love that is your authentic nature. When it is time for you to discover your own purpose and truth, In Service to Love offers a modern day mystery school that elevates your conscious awareness, catalyzing transformation and ultimately enlightenment. Revealed through daily messages, scribed by Darlene Green from the Masters that comprise the Council of Light, you experience your own unique, exquisite process of enlightenment. Each day’s message holds rich frequency. Simple foundational concepts, exercises, meditations, light infusions and activations guide your experience, allowing your own resonance to reveal truth.

Enlightenment is not a privilege to be earned, it is who you are at your essence. The process of enlightenment uncovers what gets in the way of your greatest expression. With each step made on your unique journey, the experience of your life here and now is enhanced. The work of In Service to Love masterfully aligns your awareness to your divine nature so you may hear the voice of your soul and create your best life possible.

My Thoughts

If you are searching for inspirational, feel-good books, then you may want to try out the series In Service to Love. 
These books of a Dynamic Experience of Consciousness, Transformation, and Enlightenment are released in a series, the first two books being Love Remembered and Love Elevated. 
Brokedown into days, the first book journeys through 122 days and the second book begins on day 123 and travels through day 244.  
The books review love, appreciation, and the power of choice and there are sections that provide examples of circumvent reaction and respond. 
Through practice exercises such as, daily now, and what happens if you think bigger than you ever have, these books take readers beyond perceived limitations to a new expanded awareness.

I received these books through the generosity of Anna Sacca, Senior Publicity Manager with FSB Associates

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Practical Gardening Peter McHoy

Practical Gardening
Peter McHoy
Publisher: Smithmark Pub (March 1, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0831768649
ISBN-13: 978-0831768645
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 12 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

This comprehensive manual provides practical information on flower gardens, fruit and vegetable gardens, and construction and maintenance of gardens, among other topics.

My Thoughts

As one might imagine, I'm spending time outside working in our kitchen garden. In fact, this weekend, my brother, helped me install some lath to the raised beds so I could create a raised screen that offers more room for our cabbages to grow.  Screening is a must as we have a large population of Cabbage Whites here. 

I thought this would be a good time to mention this older gardening book by Peter McHoy that I enjoy leafing through The book Practical Gardening is true to its title. It is well written and easy to follow. The images are clear and provide a good depiction of the action that is occurring.

My favorite sections are those that list the different types of cuttings, special techniques for pollinating zucchini, and harvesting and storing herbs. 

Peter McHoy is a highly respected gardening author and journalist and has written many books on gardening and houseplants, including Low-Maintenance Gardening, The Garden Planner, Step-by-Step Pruning, The Small Garden Book and The Complete Houseplant Book.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Act of Deception by John Bishop MD

  • Series: A Doc Brady Mystery (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Mantid Press (June 10, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1734251123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1734251128

Is it medical malpractice, or is the attorney just another ambulance chaser?
It's 1995, and Houston orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jim Bob Brady has been sued for medical malpractice; a mysterious infection caused a knee replacement to end up as an amputation. Donovan Shaw, a ruthless plaintiff's attorney, has taken the case and doesn't seem bothered by the fact that he and Brady share a number of friends. "It's not personal!" Shaw says. But it feels personal--especially when Shaw threatens, "I will do anything, and I mean anything, to win the case, even if I have to destroy you and that pretty wife of yours. I will stop at nothing. You remember that!"
And Brady isn't the only one in his practice being sued. How is Shaw getting his inside information? Can the patients afford to say no to filing lawsuits, even if the claims aren't valid? Through a series of twists and turns, and with the support of his wife Mary Louise and their professional investigator son J. J, Brady once again doggedly goes into "sleuth mode" to get to the truth of the matter--even after his life is put in jeopardy. Will he survive, only to find himself at the mercy of the wild and wooly Houston court system? Is this whole mess his fault? Or is there an act of deception involved?

My Thoughts

The knowledge of the medical world is crucial and a Pandemic definitely brings this realization to the forefront.

I work in healthcare so I'm listed as providing an essential service but I know many employees right now that are putting in more time than me and many that would love to be working right now that are not able too. 

In considering this, I was thinking about the human response to our circumstances.  Regardless of whether we are working, or not, many of us are likely to feel the pressure of unpredictable threats.

I think we all owe it to ourselves to take a moment to accept that we all may feel some anxiety due to current circumstances. And we need to use our coping skills so we do not become overwhelmed by our fears.

If I were to consider some of my own coping skills, I would have to put reading, nature walks, music, gardening, painting, and laughing with co-workers at the top of the list. 

Now, it is as good a time as any to add to our list of coping skills. We need to fight off dark clouds, like Pandemics, with positive affirmations.  

Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble. (Quidvis recte factum quamvis humile praeclarum.) — Sir Henry Royce

If you enjoy reading you might wish to read this Doc Brady mystery along with me. If you haven't read in a while why not add books to your list of coping skills?

I received this book by the generosity of Anna Sacca, Senior Publicity Manager with FSB Associates

About the Author
John Bishop's 30 years as a practicing orthopedic surgeon give the reader a unique glimpse into the medical world with all its problems, intricacies and complexities, while at the same time revealing the compassion and dedication of most health care professionals.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

May 2020 Loft Reads

We have spent the month visiting with neighbors from a distance and are sociable with others through internet and phone communication.  

Our Memorial Day celebration was quite different this year from past years.  Instead of gathering at a community service, I recognized and remembered the contribution of our military personal and honored and mourned their passing from home. 

Typically, to honor the treasured memories of those fallen, we fly the flag at half staff from sunrise to noon and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. However, this year, we received damage to our flag pole and flag, and the repairs and replacement flag were obtained after Memorial Day passed. The new flag now waves above a bed of Petunias.

Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead were in the Author's spotlight this month. 

I received the gift Cook Smart Perfect Recipes for Every Day by Pam Anderson. I have been reading through it and plan to try out a variety of the sauce recipes it contains.

When not working and reading, I've enjoyed watching youtube homesteaders garden tours. The husband and I were able to get our kitchen garden planted in May and are looking forward to watching things grow. 

The Top 10 Audience this month has been from the United States, Russia, Hong Kong, Romania, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and an Unknown Region.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hydroponics Richard Bray

Hydroponics: How to Pick the Best Hydroponic System and Crops for Homegrown Food Year-Round (Urban Homesteading)

  • Series: Urban Homesteading (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (September 12, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1718043759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1718043756
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  •                                                            and

  • Hydroponics: DIY Hydroponics: 12 Easy and Affordable Ways to Build Your Own Hydroponic System (Urban Homesteading Book 2)

    • File Size: 4473 KB
    • Print Length: 147 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publication Date: October 19, 2018
    • Sold by: Services LLC

    My Thoughts

  • I have to admit that homesteading is appealing to me and I strive to do things to assist us in having a sustainable lifestyle.

  • This is the time of year I spend more time outside and concentrate on growing fruit and vegetables. I have good soil here to grow in but not all gardeners grow in soil or use soil exclusively.  If you are looking for other options you may wish to consider a hydroponic garden.

  • Hydroponics uses no soil. Plants are grown in a solution of water and nutrients. There are 6 basic types of hydroponic systems. You can learn more about hydroponics in Richard Bray's books. 

  • You can find my interview with Richard here.

  • About the Author

    Richard’s father was a keen gardener and that is where his interest in all natural things began. As a youngster, he enjoyed nothing better than helping his father in the garden.

    Nowadays, he finds himself at the opposite end of life. Having had a satisfying career, he now has time to potter around in his garden and take care of his small homestead. Much of the food on his dinner table is homegrown. He likes to experiment with various gardening methods and find new ways to grow bountiful crops year-round.
    He wants to share his knowledge showing how easy and rewarding it is to set up your own prosperous garden. In his opinion, you do not need a huge budget to get started. When you do get started, you will soon feel, and taste, the benefits of growing your own food.