Wednesday 11 October 2023

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2024 by Lia Leendertz

 

Gaia / Octopus
31 August 2023

My thanks to the publisher and to Random Things Tours for my copy of the book
and the invitation to the blog tour


The highly anticipated original and bestselling almanac is here, now in its seventh instalment. Reconnect with the seasons in Britain and Ireland with this month-by-month guide to the world around us - including tide tables, sunrises and moon phases; garden feasts, wildlife and folklore; seasonal recipes, snacks and more.

The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2024 gives you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way.

Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays.

This year’s edition focuses on the natural wonders of the garden, celebrating the beautiful flora and fauna at your doorstep. There are also features on each month’s unique nature, plus a flower and a snack of the month.

You will find yourself referring to The Almanac all year long, revisiting it again and again, and looking forward to the next edition as the year draws to a close.


πŸ“– My Review

There's something about an almanac which fascinates me so I was excited to be invited onto this blog tour to share my thoughts about this 2024 edition. The focus of the almanac this year is on the garden, so from Spring to summer, and autumn through to winter, there is an abundance of facts, not just about gardens, but also about nature, folklore and a myriad of facts about everything you never knew you needed to know.

Beautifully compact, and with a gloriously illustrated cover, the almanac is small enough to fit perfectly in your hands and is so tactile that I found myself captivated by the fine attention to even the smallest of details. There's everything you would expect to find in an almanac from the usual dates for your diary, to monthly phases of the moon and how to work out the tide times, however, there are also fascinating snippets of folklore, help with mediation and I especially enjoyed reading the folk songs which end each month on a musical note. All of which sits comfortably against the fascinating facts about gardens, what to plant where, when and at what time, what wildlife to expect to be paying a visit to the garden, there's even a nutritious 'snack of the month' which can be easily made if you like cooking with simple recipes.

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this seasonal guide to 2024, it's beautifully produced, filled with fascinating facts and with lovely little mono line drawings. It will definitely keep me fascinated throughout the year. The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2024 would make a wonderful Christmas present.






About the Author



Lia Leendertz is an award-winning garden and food writer based in Bristol. She writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, The Garden, Simple Things, the Guardian and Gardens Illustrated. Her reinvention of the traditional rural almanac has become an annual must-have for readers eager to connect with the seasons, appreciate the outdoors and discover ways to mark and celebrate each month.


Find out more about Lia at:


Twitter@lialeendertz #TheAlmanc2024

@OctopusBooks

@RandomTTours










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