Read by Vanessa Benjamin
3 CDs $22.00
Exactly one hundred years ago, a sensitive woman naturalist, nature
lover, and accomplished artist began to chronicle all that she
encountered while walking and cycling around the countryside of her
native England and neighboring Scotland.
Besides noting the flora and fauna, she included poems and quaint folk
sayings, saints’ days, mottoes, and tidbits of history. Follow along
with her month by month as she chronicles the summer thunderstorms and
the first hard frost, notes Lady Day and Candlemas Day, watches birds
nesting and raising their young, and quotes Shakespeare’s praise of the
fickleness of April and Browning’s description of early November hours.
Known in its facsimile reproduction as The Country Diary of an
Edwardian Lady, Edith Holden’s Nature Notes of 1906 will take the
listener back in time one hundred years to when a young woman had the
leisure time to deeply explore every nook of her countryside, sweetly
celebrating the progress of the seasons on every page of her diary.
“Vanessa Benjamin’s....delicate voice travels through the seasons,
making them seem real by combining her talent with that of each writer,
as though they shared the same muse. Although informative, the
audiobook’s pleasure comes from the richness of the poetic