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review 2019-03-24 12:29
The perfect gift for nature lovers who enjoy amusing trivia, stories, and photographs.
A History of Trees - Simon Wills

Thanks to Rosie and the whole team at Pen & Sword for providing me a hardback copy of this beautiful book that I freely chose to review.

I love trees and I can’t imagine living in a place with no trees at all, even if they are not in their natural environment, as is the case in cities. I’m not a connoisseur, although I’ve read some books that featured trees prominently and have enjoyed them, and this volume seemed the perfect opportunity to learn more.

This is a beautiful book that would make a perfect present for anybody interested in trees, in general, and UK trees in particular. It is a photographic book, but it also contains a wealth of written information about trees: factual and botanical data, historical events related to specific trees, folk and mythological stories about them, literary connections, etc. As the author explains in the introduction, due to the limits in the length of the book he could not include all British trees, and he selected the ones he felt were not only better known but had also the best tales to tell. Not that I had any doubt about it, but the author makes a good case for his choice of topic in the introduction: “Beyond their practical utility to us and our simple liking of them, trees form the great forests of the world, which are said to be the lungs of the planet. So trees, more than anything else, keep us alive” (Wills, 2018, p. vi).

The list of trees included in the book are: alder, apple, ash, bay, beech, birch, cherry, elm, hawthorn, hazel, holly, hornbeam, horse chestnut, lime, London plane, magnolia, maple, monkey puzzle, oak, pear, pine, poplar, rowan, sweet chestnut, sycamore, walnut, willow and yew.

This is a book one can deep in and out of as one fancies, or read it cover to cover. I often found myself picking it up just to have a quick look, and discovered an hour later that I was still glued to its pages and its wonderful stories. The original photographs are beautiful, and there are also well-chosen images from the British Library and the Welcome collection, as the author explains in his acknowledgements. The writing is supple and I’d dare say it will appeal to a large variety of people, because although it is not perhaps addressed at botanists or experts, it shares plenty of anecdotes and stories likely to interest most readers.

I had to share this ditty, because we’re in spring already and, well, one never knows:

The fair maid who, the first of May,

Goes to the fields at break of day,

And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree,

Will ever after handsome be (Wills, 2018, p. 67).

If you try it and it works, don’t forget to let me know!

I enjoyed the pictures, the stories, and I became convinced as I read the book that I’d like to read more of the author’s works, and I’d love to attend one of his lectures. Of course, he had me at the acknowledgements already, when he mentioned his dog, Max (oh, don’t worry; there’s a picture of him too).

“Finally, I would like to thank Max, to whom this book is dedicated, for allowing me to frequently stop his walk and take photos of trees. He’s very tolerant” (Mills, 2018, p. viii).

In sum, this is a beautiful, informative, entertaining, and amusing book that will delight all those who love nature, trees in particular, and who enjoy trivia, stories and photographs. Perfect as a present, for yourself or others, as an inspiration, and as a breath of fresh air. Enjoy!

Wills, S. (2018). A history of trees. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword White Owl.


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How to Get Your Face Ready for Spring

Hopefully by now spring has sprung in your part of the country, which means if you’ve been hibernating over the winter, it’s time to come out of the den. Our faces are ready to shed their dry, dead skin cells and let their natural beauty come through. Are you ready? Let’s look at four ways to get your skin prepared for another adventure-filled spring and summer.

Extra Exfoliation

It’s nice to start the season with a fresh face that’s been properly pampered. However, winter probably wasn’t all that kind to your skin, so be sure to get rid of the top layer of old, dry, flaky skin with an exfoliation treatment. As the season progresses, it’s perfectly acceptable to keep up a gentle exfoliation routine a couple times a week to remove the grime, sweat, oil, and sunscreen that are bound to build up over time. Exfoliating will prevent your pores from clogging while ensuring your skin healthily renews itself.

Break Up with Breakouts

Acne is a common occurrence as your skin transitions from one season to the next. If breakouts are a problem for you during the summer thanks to heat, humidity, and sweat, be sure to be kind to your skin. Look for a natural acne treatment that’s soothing and gentle yet potent enough to kill acne-causing bacteria. Pay attention to products that keep your skin hydrated and nourished—whether in the form of an anti-acne sheet mask or a night serum packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Be sure to show your skin some love by unclogging pores in the healthiest way possible.

Get Primed and Ready

There’s no reason for your makeup to slide off your face under the heat of the sun. A quality mattifying primer is just what you need as a protective layer between any makeup that you may put on top of the primer and any oil produced by your skin underneath. The best primers not only provide a perfect palette for makeup application but also allow your makeup to last longer. Seek out a formula made with seaweed collagen that prevents damage to amino acids in your skin and provides powerful anti-aging compounds to make your face look and feel its best.

A Final Word: Sunscreen

By now we’re all well aware of the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, so adequately protect your face with an SPF 30 sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Be sure to adequately apply sunscreen to your face about 30 minutes before stepping out into the sun and reapply as needed throughout the day. Also, don’t forget to wear sunscreen on your neck and chest—seek out a formula that’s safe and gentle for all skin types.

Establishing a daily skin care routine is important because it can help prevent breakouts and protect your skin from damage. With summer just around the corner, it may be time to change up your routine. Are you ready?


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text 2019-03-13 16:58
Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 304 pages.
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Liz Kalaugher,Matin Durrani

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