DIANA’S FEBRUARY BOOK REVIEW ~ WULFRUNIAN FOOTPRINTS IN FIFE BY ROBBIE KENNEDY BENNETT
I have so enjoyed reading Robbie’s memoir of his journeys to Fife, discovering his roots and treading in the footprints of his ancestors. He writes lovely poetry too, a great way to express his feelings and connections to a place. For those of you who like football, his joy in the game also runs through this lovely book.
Robbie’s dad was born in Fife and there is a wistfulness, verging on regret, that he never shared any of these moments of discovery of Fife (which, like me, he has come to know and love) with his father. I would like to reassure Robbie, if I can, that I believe his father has been with him, smiling, laughing and at times even shedding a tear or two (if only in a manly way) for every step of the way.
Robbie has made so many contacts and friends on his frequent visits and Fife has become for him a ‘home from home.’
A gem of a book for anyone who wants to know about Fife, loves the Kingdom already, enjoys poetry or is interesting in investigating their family background and rich heritage. I’m so glad Robbie got in touch to connect and let me know about his writing.
DIANA’S JANUARY BOOK REVIEW ~ A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC by ALDO LEOPOLD
This is an unusual book to review because the author died in 1948.
A Sand County Almanac is a treasure of a book and I’m so glad that it was lent to me. I may even buy a copy myself now. Aldo Leopold was a man before his time. His knowledge of conservation, the land, flora and fauna and their inter-dependencies is astonishing.
In beautifully crafted essays Aldo eloquently discusses topics from geese to wild oaks, from prairie grass to mountain bears. Each theme includes vivid descriptions but then leads to considered opinions as to how and why man is inadvertently disrupting the balance of nature, destroying soil structure, breaking long established food chains and ruining any remaining wilderness, because of greed and what is described as progress.
All topics are pertinent to today and any person interested in the study of the natural world, saving the planet or preserving what is left of wildernesses around the world would savour the truths in this book. For others it can simply be enjoyed for its exquisite language.