. 'June annual 1965' - I bought this annual for the year it was issued & because it had, as you will see, some interesting articles and illustrations - hehe - how different from the girls magazines today.











. 'The illuminated language of flowers' by Kate Greenaway and Jean Marsh - I can't say i'm a fan of Kate's illustrations but this 50p book has lots of fascinating facts about what words, phrases and emotions different flowers have been used to symbolise over the years and in different cultures....for example:

Indian Jasmine = attachment
turnip flower = charity (!)
fern = fascination
sweetbriar = poetry


. 'Garden birds' by Phyllis Barclay-Smith - the cover of this small book was worth the £2 alone ! and the illustrations are, as you can see, equally good....




. 'Flower arrangement' by Betty Massingham - flower arranging books from yesteryear are always good for some nice pictures and for £1 this book was a bargain !




. 'Any one can bake' compiled by the Royal Baking Powder company - this is a bit of fun ! and I'm going to try some of the recipes - I might even try to re-create the exact pictures too as I make something like crumb muffins or a sunshine cake....luckily the first page of the book has a detailed explanation of how to open a tin of baking powder !



. 'a ladybird book - British wild flowers' - good old ladybird books !


. 'Garden and field birds - eggs and nests' - yet again a book on birds offers up delightful illustrations and plenty of bird name poetry:
cirl bunting tawny pipit
rook
serin
linnet waxwing

. all of these gems came from The Saltaire bookshop....£9.25 for the lot !




. Sakura - Japanese cherry' by Manabu Miyosi - I have had this small paper booklet on Japanese Sakura for a few years now. I bought it on ebay for a couple of pounds I think. It's a very simple book, 82 pages with just a couple of colour plates & issued by the board of tourist industry / Japanese government railways in 1941 (this edition) as part of thier 'tourist library' series (which I would like to have more of). There is something about the slightness and fragility of this slim book now that fits in with the subject somehow.


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