Our second Candlestick pamphlet, The Wood in Winter by John Lewis-Stempel, came as a nice surprise, an essay, a change from the expected. I have written about two of John's books on here in the past, Meadowland and The Running Hare
Here are some thoughts from dovegrey chapter participants Cath and Fran...
The Wood in Winter... thoughts from Cath in The Netherlands
There is a path in my neighbourhood where my – almost daily - footsteps tend to connect me to a long line of walkers through time. It is exactly this feeling of being part of a greater story John Lewis-Stempel evokes for me in his essay ‘The Wood in Winter’. He makes it such a small step from “The Viking birds, the redwings and the fieldfares, had descended from the north and plundered the other hollies for miles around’ to envisioning their human ancestors who landed on the shore and plundered the coast ages ago.
I love it when a story creates a connection like this. I love it to find myself looking at a landscape through the eyes of the historian. I love it when, having finished reading, I have notes to explore further like the complete ‘Winter’ poem by William Shakespeare.
That Angela Harding did a wonderful job illustrating this essay makes it all the more desirable. Shrieking partridges and an attentive vixen among many other woodland animals, come to life on the cover of this lovely pamphlet. I am sure this essay will be part of my winter reading more often, because I so much enjoyed meeting the man on a mission walking in a snow still wood. I am also sure it will make a lovely gift.
" The great empty trees, the solitude, the early falling gloom, bone-sticks snapping under rushing feet".