Derek Jarman's Garden is my first pick of the week - pick of the week being a new thing I started tonight - because if one book characterizes the library this is close to perfect. This is the last book Jarman wrote and it's a record of how he tended an inhospitable piece of coastal shingle, close to the Dungeness nuclear power station in south Kent in England, into a happy garden that shows how it is possible to grow a whole seed catalog of plants in the most unwelcoming of landscapes.
It includes the notes from his diary as he slowly built the garden from 1985 to 1994 - which includes fence posts from WW2 (when it was thought the Germans would land at Dungeness and the area was mined and wrapped in barbed wire) and all manner of stuff the sea washed up - his poetry, the strangely haunting The Sunne Rising by John Donne, which was installed on the side of Prospect Cottage (you can see it on the first photo below), references to his many friends who died from Aids-related illnesses, and the most wonderful descriptions of the flowers that grew, and grow, in shingle and salt water. It's the book I look through when I'm wondering what to do next.
The Little Free Library Blog - by James Smith
Street Road and the Little Free Library have reopened.
Masks are required and we are observing limited numbers of people inside at one time.
Street Road: Saturdays 11am - 3pm and by appointment.
Little Free Library: Thursday 12-3, Friday 1-4, Saturday 10-3, Sunday 11-2
Call/message 610-869-4712 or email to set up visits outside these hours. Our Little Free Library's outdoor box is open 24/7 and regularly restocked.
Directions to Street Road here.
Directions to The Little Free Library here.
A word about 'here':
We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Lenape, original people of the mid-Atlantic area, forced west by British and US governments. Most Delaware Indian tribe descendants are now located in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Lenni Lenapes in Pennsylvania are not officially recognized as tribes by the United States, though an estimated 5000 Lenape Nation descendants live in the Delaware River area. We pay respects to the Lenape people both past and present. Please consider the many legacies of violence, displacement and settlement that form part of our collective histories. While increased public recognition of these legacies and processes of redress such as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission are positive steps, concrete focus on return of land and land rights remains a distant horizon.