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Blog Tour: The Almanac – Lia Leendertz

The sixth instalment of the bestselling season guide is here!

Reconnect with the seasons in Britain and Ireland with this month-by-month guide to the world around us – including key dates, tide tables and garden tasks; constellations and moon phases; sunrises, folk songs, seasonal recipes plus a ‘bun of the month’; and – because 2023 will be a good year for planet spotting – the solar system and the zodiac.

The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2023 gives you all the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark, and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way.

Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for walks, expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays. There are also features on each month’s unique nature, with this instalment following the swirling micro world of the garden pond through the year. You will find yourself referring to The Almanac all year long, revisiting it again and again, and looking forward to the next edition as the year draws to a close.

Lia Leendertz is an awardwinning garden and food writer based in Bristol. Her reinvention of the traditional rural almanac has become an annual must-have for readers eager to connect with the seasons, appreciate the outdoors and discover ways to mark and celebrate each month. Now established as the bestselling almanac on the market, this is the sixth instalment. Find out more about Lia at: Lialeendertz.com @lia_leendertz @lialeendertz

My thoughts: this is a delightful little book, beautifully illustrated and currently at risk of being permanently “borrowed” by anyone who has spotted it on my book stack.

I know farmers used to use almanacs to predict weather patterns and I think my Grandad used to have a cricketing one years ago so I was fascinated by this lovely book. I really want to reconnect with nature a bit more and I think this will be useful as it explains all sorts of things and offers up recipes, songs and other almost forgotten folk knowledge.

It’s also a lovely object to have and keep out where anyone can leaf through it and learn a bit about the month and nature. Delightful.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.