Sunday, February 03, 2019

The Almanac

The Almanac:

A Seasonal Guide to 2019

By Lia Leendertz

Published by Mitchell Beazley, 2018

I have had occasion to use my copy of The Almanac multiple times this year already, to check sunrise and sunset times and to consult the tides tables, but there is so much more too.

The names on the months of the year are given in different UK languages including Jerriais Scots Gaelic, Ulster Scots, Irish Gaelic, Manx, Cornish and Welsh.

There is information about gardening according to the phases of the moon, religious and secular feasts and festivals, cheeses for each month, seasonal recipes including Epiphany Tart and Cullen Skink for January, as well as songs, folklore, facts about the weather,  the sky at night and loads of details about what flora and fauna can be seen at different times of the year.

It is a beautifully produced hardback book, with something for everyone, no matter their interests, and is a joy to look at and handle.

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