The Years of the Forest (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)
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These are some of the items that Adrian Hoover jotted down on his to-do list, soon after he and his wife, Helen, gave up urban comforts for the deeper delights of the wilderness in 1954. The Years of the Forest by Helen Hoover elaborates on that deceptively short list and describes the difficulties inherent in accomplishing each of those tasks. In fact, it would take sixteen years to check off every item. This is the story of the Hoovers' education in wilderness housekeeping, and of the surprising challenges they faced at each step.
There are priceless hints and how-to's for solving the problems of living close to nature and on good terms with one's neighbors -- bluejays, weasels, field mice, and deer. There is plenty of magic in this guide, delightfully illustrated by Adrian Hoover. Now in paperback for the first time, this book tells the story of going bark to the land, with all its rough edges and incomparable rewards.
share of patient and thorough training, and in early July I saw her, very obviously pregnant again, but rolling amiably though clumsily with her well-grown family. Even while the end of that was training the twins she bore about month, she still found time to attend to her she first litter. That August I walked through the w oods to get some mushrooms, remembering a squirrel we had known earlier and named the Little Old Lady. She was stiff and slow, but always busy and friendly. I last saw
On along the bones. the touched something foreign. twig had wedged so that hold the wing outspread. Ade held Mrs. it I acted as Twit while snipped the twig with a sharp wire-cutter and pulled the two pieces out with tweezers. firmly the twig had Mrs. Twit was grown stirring into now and twitted sharply when Drops of blood showed how I its unfortunate position. but seemed dazed. She jerked tried to move had been immobilized for so long that the which the wing,
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room. Then we walked to the harbor and sat on a dock by Lake Superior, watching hundreds of gulls, gray-and-white adults THE YEARS OF THE FOREST Il6 and brown young, floating on the blue moire water and soaring against the fading blue of the late-afternoon sky, slipping on wings, crying softly as they circled above a tilted house, waiting, as did a patient brown fish tomcat, for their por- tion of the day's catch. This reminded us of food, so where Jacques was we went to
that we bought the cheapest THE YEARS OF THE FOREST Il8 brand, which not only contained no coloring for but came in pound blocks, so that would be glad it looked me to add Oscar like lard. up for us, and Martha looked at the folded red denim, which was waiting on the table in case I could get at it. She asked how I was going to make it up and I said by hand. And miracles do happen she said she had a treadle sewing machine, if I would like to use it for the said he to pick it —