The Book of Lost Country Wisdom
The indispensable guide to everything we knew and loved before we went inside and turned on the TV
Ever wondered how to predict the weather just by looking at the sky? Or wanted to attract butterflies to your garden? It's a gaggle of geese, but what do you call a group of crows? And how do you tell the age of an oak? In this world of traffic tailbacks, supermarket shopping and 24-hour internet access, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the beauty and rhythms of the natural world.
A perfect Christmas present for 2009, Red Sky at Night combines our growing interest in nature and the British countryside (The Wild Places, Crow Country) with the popular nostalgic infotainment genre (Dangerous Book for Boys, I Before E).
If you have ever gazed in awe at stars in the night's sky, tried to catch a perfect snowflake or longed for the comfort of a log fire in their very own home. then this is the book for you. From spotting Britain's five kinds of owl to gardening by the phases of the moon, and from curing a cold to brewing your own ale, Red Sky at Night is packed with instructions and lists, ancient customs and old wives tales, making it an indispensable guide to countryside lore.
“Both a fascinating read and an indispensible guide... a truly inspiring book”