Edith Holden, born in England in 1871, spent many days wandering through fields and lanes. As an artist, she illustrated and wrote in a journal about what she saw on her walks during the year 1906. These were for her personal use but were published after her death in 1920.
The Edwardian Era was during the reign of King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910. Following the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800’s, life was improving for many. The working classes began to unionize and seek better conditions on the job, and women became more active outside the home.
The book is full of beautiful hand-drawn illustrations as well as a daily accounting of her wanderings in the English countryside. She writes about specific plants, birds, and animals that she saw each day.
First published in 1984, The Country Diary Garden Notes uses Edith Holden’s illustrations and notes by Richard Gorer. In her own notes, she doesn’t mention a garden, but maybe the publishers thought this title would attract readers who gardened.
It is organized with her drawings and calendar pages for each month with spaces to write for each day. Then there are a couple of pages about weather and gardening for that month.
“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” William Shakespeare