“All delight in orchards. For whereas every other pleasure fills some one of our senses,
and that only with delight, this makes all senses swim in pleasure. What can your eyes desire to see, your ears to hear, your mouth to taste, your nose to smell that is not to be had in an orchard, with abundance of variety.”
William Lawson (1553/4-1635) https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/library/files/special/exhibns/month/july2006.html
I am a big fan of our county library and all the special outreach programs offered. It is imo, the most important government organization we have out here in the country. The ladies working there always seem to find something for me, often they make the suggestions and locate the books in the state system. That’s why I posted, came across William Lawson’s writings in a modern apple orchard book.
I asked Scott about a topic for agriculture writings, literature, films, etc. He suggested simply posting in general section. I am a huge fan of our library and the NC Cardinal system, and keep an active card for ASU, Boone library. (matriculated after spanning just a decade)
This place is an anomily in this century. We have no cell phone, no dsl, no cable, no fiber, no TV. Always tried to keep a girlfriend with a nice set, but some things just aren’t as important as they used to be.
So are there members who might suggest literature, poems, technical papers, movies, songs, about growing or foraging fruit/foods/gardens/orchards?
Just read an interesting human interest piece about Wendel Berry (I am not enamored by some of his writings), none the less, a good read. Finished a book titled APPLES by Frank Browning, (a bit flowery styled).
If anyone wants to have a grand heartfelt laugh, find the film shorts produced by young country Appalachian folks: Appleshop in Whitesburg Kentucky, Catfish Man of the Woods and The Chairmaker are my favorites. Used to go down to the ASU library basement, check out a 16mm projector and sit and savor. I laugh too loud and the staff laughed at me. Well I was cloistered in the basement, haha.
From a monkish abode beneath the pines, Best Wishes from the Brushy Mtns.
Last evening the very fine ladies at the public library delivered a dvd about gardening. It’s one of my favorites, a 1979 satire filmed just up the road in Asheville. Being There with Peter Sellers as Chance the Gardner, still a topical romp.
Here are a couple from our county library, all those flowers I deliver summer-long get me anything I want to order. If not in the NC system, I buy the book and donate.
This one is not for the faint of heart or politically correct book critics:
It reminds me much of many of my neighbor families back 50 years ago, except the violence wasn’t as extreme here, just at the beer joints maybe a few times a month. Alcohol and gunpowder don’t mix too good.
A second is a brisk telling of ancient and nearly gone fruits, grains, libations and food staples being rediscovered, and hopefully, in regenerative recovery:
Both of these books are readable by skipping chapters as in a short story collection, and I like that style, much as long in-depth magazine articles are read.