Tuesday, 29 April 2008

The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady

Edith Holden was born in Worcester, England, in 1871. She was an artist, illustrator and teacher and she is probably best remembered for her nature notes, which were published posthumously in 1977 as The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady.

Edith wrote her diary about her observations of nature and illustrated them with drawings and poems. Her illustrations are quite exquisite and detailed and I love to think of her out enjoying her walks and spending time obsesrving the beauty of nature around her.

Her entry for 29th April 1906 reads:

'Heavy snow shower in the night: when I looked out this morning the landscape was all white; the distant tors veiled in a mist of driving sleet. Bright sunshine later, with fine effects of sunlight on the distant tors covered with snow.

The Cuckoo has been heard long ago in other parts of the county; but up here on the moors we have not yet heard it.'

Sadly, Edith died a tragic death by drowning in the River Thames near Kew Gardens in March of 1920, while gathering buds from chestnut trees. It appeared that she had over-reached and fallen into the river.

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady is a beautiful keepsake and a delightful read.