Roy Strong and his wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, have lived in the country for nearly thirty years. In 1987 he was asked to write an occasional column reflecting this quintessentially English way of life. 'A Country Life' brings these popular pieces together, portraying the passing of the seasons in what the author describes as his "beloved adopted county" of Herefordshire.
'A Country Life' is a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of memories and observations, embracing the countryside, gardens, cooking and remembrances of things both long gone and only yesterday. The author writes lyrically of the arrival of the bright green tarragon shoots in spring; of the delights of eating al fresco; of making sorbets from medlar, blackberry and quince; and of the russet beech hedges in winter. Quinquagesima sees the arrival of Lent lilies; a bad winter is signalled by frantic bee activity among the drones; and Christmas brings a winding down before the New Year.
The keynote of 'A Country Life' is delight - a portrait of life in the English countryside which seems as old as time itself.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 07 / 2002