Spring Snow: The Seasons of New England from the Old Farmer's Alamanac

Spring Snow: The Seasons of New England from the Old Farmer's Alamanac

by Castle Freeman, Abigail Rorer
     
 

Four and a half million people read The Old Farmer's Almanac each year, and for a long time now the "Farmer's Calendar" essays of Castle Freeman, Jr., have been a prominent feature. Freeman delights in rural existence through every season of the year, observing and participating in what happens inside the countryman's mind and outside it. He has something to say about…  See more details below

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Four and a half million people read The Old Farmer's Almanac each year, and for a long time now the "Farmer's Calendar" essays of Castle Freeman, Jr., have been a prominent feature. Freeman delights in rural existence through every season of the year, observing and participating in what happens inside the countryman's mind and outside it. He has something to say about all aspects of modern country life, from Rototillers and chain saws to rabbits and raccoons, from day lilies to maple sugar, from snow on the roof to mice in the woodpile. He finds much in nature to draw a moral from: "Woodpeckers make other birds look like triflers. Their lives have a complexity and purpose that remind us of ourselves." Writing in the parallel traditions of Gilbert White and Benjamin Franklin, Freeman evokes a way of life that accommodates both nature and humanity, sufficiently challenging to be exciting, sufficiently quiet to be philosophical, sufficiently varied to be fun.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For 14 years, Freeman has written the ``Farmer's Calendar'' column in the Old Farmer's Almanac. Here is a collection of choice pieces that capture the essence of year-round country living in New England. Among the topics are weather, wildife, the countryside, gardening, tools and snow. Freeman says, ``If you can't garden well, garden neat.'' He confesses that his own luck in gardening is in direct proportion to the size of the seed he plants-success with peas and beans, failure with carrots and lettuce. He ruminates on weather forecasts and snowstorms and their aftermath, and tells us how to shovel snow with style. This is sheer delight for readers who enjoy nature and country living. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395730980
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
167
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.66(d)

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