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8 THE ASHFIELD NEWS FEBRUARY Library Closed .' Temporarily as Repairs Continue The library is temporarily closed for much- needed painting and plastering. We expect to reopen February 17. Thank you for your patience while we get our building ready for patrons again. You can reach our librarian when we’re closed by emailing bmlashfield@ gmail.com or calling 628-1505. During this time, please do not return items to our building or book drops, as we can’t empty them. No late fees will be charged. When curbside pickup returns, the library will be open by appointment, with these hours: Monday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pickup has moved into our entryway. Only one patron or family group is allowed at a time. Prefer to wait in your car? Let us know ahead of time and we will bring your items out to you. ' Staying in Touch Looking for tech help, account support, or book recommendations? Do you want assistance with a research project? Ask our librarian. For students and their families, we can provide support for homeschoolers and remote learners. This includes nonfiction titles, language learning resources, science projects, art activities, and more. Remote Library Resources You can access digital books, audiobooks, and magazines anytime, anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is your CWMARS library card. Browse ‘ the digital collection at www.cwmarsover- drive. com. New Items- at the Library Adult Fiction Certain Hunger by Chelsea Summers ' Saint from Texas by Edmund White Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford D: (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michel Faber Germania by Harald Gilbers Hamnet: Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’farrell Irena’s War by James D. Shipman ]oint Custody by Lauren Baratz—logsted Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley Oh Dirty Feet Notes from a Gardenerg England Again Editor’s note: This month, columnist Jeffrey Farrell continues his report on a trip to England in the spring of 5. ‘ The main road in the village of Sissinghurst, England, is called The Street. It was my base for five days. I continued to make my way to the garden of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson but also explored the surrounding region and other gardens. “Numerous as the world’s band of gardeners is, there should be more of us. Not just routing, but mad, keen gardeners.” — Christopher Lloyd My Airbnb host joined me in a visit to Great Dixter, the home and garden of writer Christopher Lloyd, who died in 2006. Christo, as he was known, was born at Great Dixter and lived there with his mother until her death in 1972, when he was fifty. The garden then became his and he blossomed along with it, becoming famous for his wit, exuberance, vitality, and delight in color. V The approach is along a path through shaggy meadows full of wildflowers toward the old, timbered, multi—chimney pile of a house. Masses of terra—cotta pots filled with horticultural wonders by the'front entrance give a hint of what awaits. The gardens that meander around the house are filled with brilliant colors of foliage and flower. Magenta gladioli rose from the Chartreuse leaves of a spiraea with purple globes of allium behind. Self-seeded forget-me-nots, poppies, and columbines were threaded throughout as well as a plant unknown to ine, Smyrnium perfoliatum, or yellow Alexanders, a biennial which has bracts of green that change to acid lime topped with yellow umbels. The explo— sion of colors in Christo’s garden are “exuber— ant and uncontrived,” enough to make fOr . nonstop smiles. Pew by Catherine Lacey Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay Snowdrift by Helene Tursten Take It Back by Kia Abdullah The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo The Missing American by Kewi Quartey The Opium Prince by Jasmine Aimaq The Perfect Nine by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons To Be a Man: Stories by Nicole Krauss Adult Nonfiction A Promised Land by Barack Obama Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels by Rachel Cohen. Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Dark, Salt, Clear: The Life of a Fishing Town by Lamorna Ash ‘ Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are by Marjorie Turner Hollman Garden Design Masterclass Edited by Carl Dellatore ' Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault The Art of Drag by Jake Hall The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War by Delphine Minoui The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller The Wild Iris: Poems by Louise Gliick We Keep the Dead Close :A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper Audiobooks An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson And Kwame Alexander (Children’s) Before the Ever After by Jacqueline WQodson (Children’s) Dvds A Woman Is a Woman (1961) Amadeus (1984) Anna Karenina Astaire and Rogers Greatest Hits . Babel Brazil (1985) Charade (1963) Dead to Me: Season 1 (2019) Emma (2009) F001 for Love (1985) Tenant The Apartment (1960) The Big Lebowski (1998) The Crown: Season 3 (2019) The Whales of August (1987) This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Children’s Fact And Fiction A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted (Graphic Novel) Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science by Diane Stanley There are other features to appreciate in a garden besides the plants. At Dixter, I mar- veled at the ten-foot compost heap with a ladder leaning against it; I was fascinated by an ancient metal water cart parked along a path; I was stopped by a mosaic of stone paving by the house; and I was delighted to witness one of the resident dachshunds, Conifer, frolicking in the garden. A wheeled metal watering cart awaits its next duty. On a stopover in the village of Rye on the way home we watched a local cricket match until the players, all in white, paused for a tea break. We walked up the street and had tea and'cake of our oWn. While I ate, an English robin, smaller and tamer than ours, came to the table looking for crumbs, like a visitor off a page of Beatrix Potter. The next morning I got a ride to another National Trust property, Scotney Castle. Edward Hussein Ill inherited the estate in 1835, built a new residence, and created the surrounding gardens. The rolling grounds PHOTOS BY JEFFREY FARRELL Citizens Alert. In a I monthly poll, this limb was viewed as the most threatening to life and wires in Ashfield. Each month readers contribute detailed map—work of trouble spots over our roadways. GREGORY THUHP Class Actby Jerry Craft (Graphic Novel) Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Van Hoang Light Waves by David A. Adler Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac Science Comics: Flying Machines by Alison Wilgus (Graphic Novel) Skulduggery Pleasant: Books 1—4 by Derek Landy Solids, Liquids, Gases and Plasma by David A. Adler Squares, Rectangles, and Other Quadrilaterals by David A. Adler Telling Time by David A. Adler The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale by Joseph Bruchac The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories by Sergio Russier (Easy Reader) The Weirn Books: Nightschool Edition 2 by Svetlana Chmakova (Graphic Novel) Twins by Varian Johnson (Graphic Novel) Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson Picture Books A Fort on the Moon by Maggie Pouncy Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes Brenda Is a Sheep by Morag Hood Call Me Max by Kyle Lukoff Doll-e 1.0 by Shanda Mccloskey Evelyn Del Rey Is MovingAway by Meg Medina were covered with blooming rhododendrons and azaleas in the colors of sorbet and the ruins of a 14th-century moated castle dripped with white wisteria. After that peaceful wander my plan was to walk a few miles along footpaths to Thefootpaths Bedgebury Pinetum, of England an arboretum with a collection of pine Pubhc,byways trees from around fOHOWIng the globe. prehistoric The footpaths of trails, Anglo- England are public tracks byways following prehistoric trails, and Anglo-Saxon tracks, roads. . . and Roman roads that have been in use for centuries. Recent laws have protected their use for all, even through private prop— erty. I walked through the English country— side, across fields, through woods, and once through a path mown in a field of wheat five feet high. Unfortunately, my sense of direc— tion is bad. I never did manage to arrive at my destination. Instead, after hours of pleasant walking, I came to a sign for Tiddymots Lane, civilization and the village of Goudhurst, where I found a local bus back to Sissing— hurst. I ate dinner at the local pub, the Milkhouse, for my last night in town. Afterwards I sat in the lounge and was regaled by two local women with gossip about the offspring of Vita and Harold. My friend Genevieve told her Aunt Gladys in England that I was Visiting nearby and she took me to see the 14th—century castle and gardens at Penshurst Place, the former hunting lodge of Henry VIII. Ancient stone walls were covered in yellow roses while sumptuous lupines and a one—hundred—me- ter—long peony bed atoned for the stiff formality of the garden. On the last leg of my trip I took the train down to Hastings, the site on the English Channel where William the Conqueror led Find Fergus by Mike Boldt How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green In the Half Room by Carson Ellis Me eh Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera Once Upon a Winter Day by Liza Woodruff Raven, Rabbit, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler The Beak Book by Robin Page The Little Mermaid by Jerry Pinkney Two Many Birds by Cindy Derby What Do You Want, Little Friend? by Mari- anne Dubuc (Board Book) What Will Fit? by Grace Lin (Board Book) When Father Comes Home by Sarah Jung You Matter by Christian Robinson Teen Fact 8: Fiction Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration And Finding Home Edited by Adi Alsaid Earthsea Series: Books 1—4 by Ursula K. Le Guin ‘ v Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Graphic Novel) , One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic—el—rayess The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen The Way Back by Gavriel Savit the Normans to victory in 1066. I wanted to travel farther east to Prospect Cottage in Dungeness where the artist Derek Jarman created a small paradise. He had purchased a derelict fisherman’s shack on a desolate stretch of pebbly beach, renovated the building, broughtin soil and plants and made an oasis in an unlikely setting. Rose, poppies, and lavender survived amidst sculpture made from seaside flotsam. Prospect Cottage was a refuge and site of the celebration of art and life. Appropriately, Derek was canonized in the garden by his friends the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 1991. The garden sustained him until he died in 1994. I hiked on the bluffs in Hastings. I found a wild gladiolus blooming above the English Channel. I never made it to Prospect Cottage. Hopefully, some day, I will. “Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.” — Antonio Machado l The author came upon this sign near the village of Goudhurst, England.