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Thank yous, almanacs, amazon and allotments

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Well most of you by now have received your almanacs (other rewards very much on their way!), and I want to thank you for the wonderful responses. It was such a joy to write, and to find that it has hit the spot with so many of you is a great feeling. You made this book possible, and I am glad we have created something you love. Many of you have been very vocal about how happy you are with it,…

Cover reveal! And last chance saloon...

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

It is my great pleasure to present to you...the cover for the Almanac 2018! Its innards - tables of moon phases, sun rise and set times, the sky at night each month, seasonal celebratory recipes, monthly folklore, planting by the moon and more - are still being tweaked and finessed into final shape by proof reader, designer and illustrator, but this will be the cover, gloriously illustrated by…

Midwinter progress report

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Hello! Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day, and it seemed like a good moment to give a little report back on progress on the almanac since funding reached 100% back in October. Thrillingly, the support has continued to come in and the almanac is currently funded to 109%, but I have been able to take my foot off of the sales pedal and start on the creating. We have engaged a wonderful illustrator…

Thank YOU!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Somehow, incredibly, we have hit 100%! What a wonderful rush that final 5% was! And I just wanted to write a very quick thank you to you all, it all feels brilliant. I think it is most probably giving away WAY too much to let you know that I most probably saw every single name come in, and have silently thanked you already, and in some cases punched the air if your pledge was one that tipped me over…

Arne Maynard message of support & reward!

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Almanac has received a perfect message of support from Arne Maynard, which I thought I would share as I am so delighted, being a huge admirer of Arne's garden designs and general approach to life (see his beautiful Allt-y-bela, above, photo by William Collinson). Arne says:

“We have lost touch with our traditional festivals and natural timings of the year, many of which aid our gardening…

Your October mini almanac

Monday, 3 October 2016

At the beginning of September I wrote here about ironing brand new white shirts, sharpening pencils, lining up shiny black shoes by the front door. Now it is October, and I sat down to something Octoberish, while determined to avoid three particular words. Damn it’s hard. There are a lot of apples in my life right now, and a slow acceptance of the need for cosiness in food and in life in general…

Autumn equinox

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Here is your latest almanac snippet! The sort of information that you will just have to hand once you have your Almanac. I feel slightly like the bearer of gloom this time, as this Thursday marks the autumn equinox, when day and night are of equal length. This state of delicate balance lasts for one day only before we are tipped into the dark half of the year. Persephone is off to the underworld…

The New Almanac Gardening Clubs

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Join one of my gardening clubs!

Among the rewards on offer as part of my crowdfunder are two brilliant gardening clubs in conjunction with excellent nurseries Otter Farm and Higgledy Garden. You see, a section in each month of the almanac will be a guide to when and how to do things in the garden, and I thought: why don’t we just start that now? So we will with bells on. Join one of my gardening…

Harvest moon eclipse

Saturday, 10 September 2016

In keeping with my plan to give you little tasters of what the almanac will include I wrote last week about dusk times. Now it is the turn of the moon, because we are coming up to an exciting moon week when it is worth keeping an eye on the skies. 

September's full moon, which falls next Friday 16th at around 8pm UK time, has long been known as the Harvest Moon. Because of the moon's autumnal ellipsis…


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Though all pledges are received with glee, I have to admit that I get most excited during this crowdfunding journey when someone pledges to come along to my launch party. Perhaps it's the excellent faith it shows - yes, there will be a book to launch! - or perhaps it's just that I like a party, and I think this will be a lovely one. Anyway, there have been a few developments on the party planning…

Today's twilights and dusks

Monday, 5 September 2016

The idea for The New Almanac came from a desire to be more in touch with the world around me, just in very simple ways like: when is the sun coming up tomorrow? What is that bright star in the sky? Today I’ve been thinking about and researching dusk, and there’s a phrase I don’t get to say every day. In recent days dusk has rushed in, a definite change from the light evenings of summer, and through…

Publication date: October 2017
131% funded
578 backers