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Rain: Four Walks in English Weather | Melissa Harrison
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A wonderful meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison. Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves differently, and over time the terrain itself is transformed. In Rain, Melissa Harrison explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of four rain showers, in four seasons, across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor. Blending these expeditions with reading, research, memory and imagination, she reveals how rain is not just an essential element of the world around us, but a key part of our own identity too.
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TheEllieMo
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The tagged book is a collection of 4 essays about how #rain affects and influences the English countryside.

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KarenUK It‘s a lovely read... 💕 5mo
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting - stacked! @KarenUK 5mo
Cinfhen I thought my buddy @KarenUK might find this book interesting and maybe @DGRachel too ♥️😘 5mo
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TheEllieMo
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A must-read for every Englishman or -woman - particularly right now, while we sit in a low pressure area surrounded by occluded fronts giving us nothing but persistent rain! Harrison describes how the countryside flora and fauna are altered by rainfall, describing 4 different landscapes, one in each season, from Fen to Moor, River Valley to rolling hills. A read of this may persuade you to don your wet weather gear and head outdoors.

Severnmeadows Wonderful rainy cloudy cover! 6mo
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TheEllieMo
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No better time to read a book called Rain than during a British summer 😂 Persistent rain for the last few days, and apparently the temperature yesterday was the same as it was on Christmas Day last year 🙄

But a bit of rain won‘t stop me reaching my #BookFitnessChallenge goals!

TheSpineView Way to go! 7mo
Bookwormjillk Nicely done! 7mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 7mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7mo
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kathedron
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Melissa Harrison puts her waterproof togs on and takes four seasonal rainy walks in different locations throughout the UK, telling us about how the local geography and wildlife is shaped by and dependent on the rain. It's a nice book and ideal bedtime reading. Personally, I would have preferred more "heft" to it, but for a vicarious stroll in the English countryside in "bad" weather, Harrison makes for an amiable companion.

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kathedron
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Thank you @squirrelbrain and @RachelO for the wonderful Litsy mail. 😘
The Ile de Re looks beautiful and sounds wonderful, Helen!
Please don't worry about the travelling book, Rachel; it really doesn't matter. I almost bought Rain last week in Bristol but it was one of several I regretfully left behind. I'm looking forward to reading it. (And how stunning is that kingfisher?) Wishing you well, my dear! ❤

Cathythoughts Beautiful ❤️ 1y
RachelO 😊Thanks Kate! And v glad you don't have a copy of that yet. x 1y
squirrelbrain Glad it arrived! What a lovely card @RachelO 1y
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kathedron
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Rain! Oh, I have missed you!
It looks like I won't be doing the gardening this afternoon. I'm still tempted to go for a brisk walk, though. Maybe it'll help me decide what to read next. The contenders are:

My grandmother sends her regards... (Frederik Backman)
God help the child (Toni Morrison)
Flight Behaviour (Barbara Kingsolver)

Any opinions, Littens?

Soubhiville I love Backman, but I‘ve not read that one yet. That‘s what I‘d choose! 1y
RebelReader I agree with @Soubhiville. You can‘t go wrong with Backman! ❤️ 1y
Notafraidofwords Loved God Help the Child 1y
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tpixie You must read Backman! @Soubhiville I think it‘s the same book, but different title!! (edited) 1y
tpixie Also lovely house and outdoor plants 🌱 1y
Soubhiville @tpixie yes, it‘s funny when titles change for different countries isn‘t it? I have this one on my TBR shelf. 1y
tpixie @Soubhiville yes and I always seem to connect with the UK versions better!! This is a sweet book!! read right after 1y
Cathythoughts I‘d go for the Toni Morrison 💔 1y
mhillis They all sound good! I‘ve only read 1y
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Lindy
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At the end of the book, Harrison has compiled 100 words concerning rain, evidence of the UK‘s rich lexicon for wet weather. My favourites include “dringey: the kind of light rain that still manages to get you soaking wet,” and “drisk: misty drizzle.”

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Lindy
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Four short essays about walking in wet weather in every season in England. As with Harrison‘s novels (which I liked even more than this) I have come away with an expanded vocabulary and a new way of looking at nature. I also feel inspired to spend more time outdoors in the rain. 🌧

KathyR I've put in a hold for the book. It's rained for the last 24 days, with one day break, here in Vancouver and I need all the help I can to push me out the door ; ). 2y
Lindy @KathyR 🌞🌻🌞🌻 2y
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To experience the countryside on fair days and never foul is to understand only half its story. To watch rain pock the surface of a chalk stream, feel mizzle on the chill skin of your face or smell petrichor rising from summer-dry soil is to be baptised into a fuller, older and more deeply felt relationship with the natural world.

UrsulaMonarch Just lovely. Wonderful for rainy days. 2y
Lindy @UrsulaMonarch Harrison has inspired me to be less daunted by weather. 😊 2y
kathedron Yet another "Lindy book" that I've already stacked! ? 2y
Lindy @River_Voice If you haven‘t read anything by Harrison yet, I recommend starting with 2y
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Lindy
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“I think we need the weather, in all its forms, to feel fully human—which is to say, an animal. New research has revealed that despite our double-glazed homes and brightly lit offices, a tiny but vital part of our brain knows what season it is outside and alters the behaviour of our immune systems accordingly: proof that millennia of evolution in nature—not apart from it—have left their mark.”

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Lindy
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“My year of getting wet—and thinking about, and reading about, rain—has broadened and deepened my feeling for the outside world. I‘m no longer just a fair-weather walker; I choose now to overcome the impulse for comfort and convenience that insulates us not only from the bad in life but from much of the good.”

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Low flies the swallow,
Rain to follow;
But when swallows fly high
The weather will be dry.

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Lindy
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A recent study by the Environment and Sustainability Institute, U of Exeter, showed that 1 square metre of intensively improved grassland held just 47 litres of water compared to the 259 litres per square metre held by unimproved rhôs pasture with its naturally occurring purple moor grass and sharp-flowered rush.
(Photo taken on the other side of the world from the Welsh rhôs pastures described.)

SpeculativeFemale So beautiful, and another destination on the list of places I'd like to visit someday. 2y
Lindy @SpeculativeFemale It‘s Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill, which currently has pasture, but I think the long range plan is to plant the volcano with native trees. 2y
xicanti This is my favourite place in the entire world. 2y
Lindy @xicanti 😊 2y
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A beautiful book, will make you want to head for England.

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KarenUK
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#day15 #jubilantjuly #rain I'm a total pluviophile and love to read when it's raining..... these words all speak to me.... 💕 (This slim little book has gorgeous nature writing, focused on four walks in English countryside on rainy days....)

angrylilasian Oh that's me too! I need to find this book. 3y
saresmoore How lovely! 3y
Lcsmcat I love learning words like these! 3y
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Soubhiville I love rain too! It feels peaceful and cozy to me, I miss it in the dry of summer. 3y
JillR Today I'm in the English countryside on a rainy day... but I'm not feeling energetic enough to go walking in it; me and the littlest have a sofa each to read on for the afternoon...☔️ 😍 3y
Liatrek Petrichor always reminds me of the Doctors Wife episode 😊 3y
JazzFeathers Hey, fellow pluviophile 😀 A storm in approaching right now, here. My favourite weather 😊 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I learnt new words 😊. Love the rain! 3y
Kaitlyn.keith.529 I was just thinking of the word petrichor ☔️ puppy decided she needed to go out when it finished raining 3y
SilversReviews I love these words, and I love rain. 3y
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KarenUK
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#nextup This looks like the perfect little read for this 'pluviophile' ..... though I think it's going to make me very homesick! I love the blurbs on the back cover... this sounds perfect 💗🌧💗🌧💗🌧

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RachelO
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An uncharacteristic sunny spring day here in Devon. And a book about more typical weather (the rain yesterday wassomething else!) & one of the book's illustrations- Dartmoor in the rain.

#weather #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

KarenUK I just ordered this book from Book depository 👍💕 3y
RachelO @KarenUK 👍You absolutely need a copy of this. Can you believe I spilt water over mine?! 🌦💧💦☔️ 3y
KarenUK @Rachelo oh no! 😱💦 3y
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KarenUK
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#day2 #aprilbookshowers #weather I happened upon this word on Pinterest one day, and I just adore it... it's totally how I feel about rain (even though I live in the Sunshine state!) . Just ordered this book from book depository... I think it is going to make me incredibly homesick for rainy old England, but I hear Melissa Harrison's writing is just beautiful 📚💕

LauraAndTaraAndBooks Rainy old England is absolute beautiful today... Down south at least! So don't worry, you're not missing out on our usual drizzle today! 3y
KarenUK @LauraAndTaraAndBooks I know! I just face timed my big brother, and it looks gorgeous... I love those kind of days too😍💕 3y
Jhullie I love rainy days too, it's the English Girl in me, and I live in Qld now. 3y
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KarenUK
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#day7 #readjanuary #booksaboutnature I consider myself a 'pluviophile' and miss home (UK) terribly at times, so recently added this to my TBR.... it sounds lovely.........💕🌧☔️

TheLondonBookworm Oooh what a nice word! 3y
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RachelO
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A gorgeous slim little book of 4 walks in the rain. I love the writing, the sense of place, the little snippets of science and history, the artwork...
And yet. Just a little nagging something missing. I think maybe I hoped for more *story*. Still a resounding pick, and I'll be keeping and coming back to it.

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RachelO
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An early night, listening to it henting, kelching, plothering and hossing it down outside. 💦🌧

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RachelO
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#24in48 I seem to be on a nonfiction spree at the moment. Gorgeous nature writing from the author of At Hawthorn Time.

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RachelO
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Beautiful birthday books! And beautiful birthday weather ⛈⚡️💦⚡️🌧 !