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A Seasonal Guide to 2022

Understand seasonal shifts and the natural world around you a little better with this beautiful Almanac 

You’ve probably heard of the Harvest Moon or the Pink Moon, but have you heard of The Song Moon? Or our particular favourite ‘The Stay at Home Moon?’ Ancient names of full moons are just a fraction of the information available at your fingertips in a charming Almanac by gardening and food writer Lia Leendertz. 

Almanacs have been around for centuries with Benjamin Franklin’s series in the 1700s being particularly popular. If you are new to these handy books, typically they are calendars with useful information about the natural world including astrology, weather patterns and tidal information. Historically there was often an emphasis on folk festivals which is fitting as the theme of this Almanac is folk celebrations and covers the way people come together over the year.

“This almanac will tell you the best moments to pick out distant start clusters, or to push tiny seeds into the earth. Somehow both activites have a similar effect on me, grounding me and reminding me of greater forces, of patterns that go on.” Lia Leendertz

The beauty of this pocket-sized hardback is you can easily make it your own. Dip into it for practical information such as looking up key dates, finding a seasonal recipe or checking which bird is in your garden. Or go back in time and learn how to navigate using the sun, moon or stars. The user-friendly layout includes visual timetables of tides and sunrises and sunsets and is peppered throughout with enchanting woodcut illustrations.

Perhaps it’s the unstoppable onset of technology, a touch of nostalgia, or embracing a slower pace of living. Whatever the appeal is, there is something comfortingly reassuring about owning an Almanac to help you navigate what lies ahead this year. It also means you should never miss an eclipse again.

The Almanac: A Season Guide to 2022 by Lia Leendertz, published by Gaia, £12.99 www.octopusbooks.co.uk

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