The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins' War, #3)The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I used my first free credit at audible.com to download the audiobook of The Lady of the Rivers. I absolutely love the myths of the French royal families who descended from merpeople and the story of Melusina is evident throughout this book. The audiobook was well-performed and I really enjoyed this book overall. It’s a different feel from The Tudor series, but once again, Philippa Gregory doesn’t disappoint. One of the strangest side effects of reading this book, is that it affected my gardening….the main character, Jacquetta, gardens according to astronomy….then later this year I found out about biodynamic agriculture…suddenly I’m much more concerned what phase the moon is when I’m planting.

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Landscaping for Privacy by Marty Wingate

Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space Into a Peaceful RetreatLandscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space Into a Peaceful Retreat by Marty Wingate

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s that time of year again….February in Ontario….and I’m starting to look out at the snowy landscape and envision green and growth. My husband and I spend a lot of time watching the show “Love It or List It” and thinking about this house which is a perfect size for our family but is in a suburban neighbourhood where all of the students he teaches live in the neighbourhood. We live on a hill and our backyard is a steep slope that is essentially a blank slate. This book has so many innovative ways to make our house feel more private that I’m hoping that I can start to get some of them going and that my husband will feel more at home in our backyard, rather than on display.

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