Dear Readers, I wonder how many of you lovely people who are ‘of a certain age’ remember this book, published in 1965? My lovely Aunt R. in Canada has given me her copy, and it certainly brought back some memories. It isn’t exactly a field guide, being a bit too large to lump around, but it has some of the loveliest illustrations of plants that I’ve ever seen. At some point I shall delve into it in more detail, but for now, I thought I’d share some of the illustrations with you, and see if any of you had it on your bookshelf.
But first, inside the book there were these! These stamps were issued before decimalisation came to the UK in February 1971, and hark back to the time of 12 pennies in a shilling, and twenty shillings in a pound. I somehow wonder how we coped with the maths. And gosh, the price of postage has gone up, though so has everything else. I do love getting a letter, even today. An email somehow isn’t quite the same. These were apparently issued in 1967 and you can buy them today for a whole 75p (or 15 shillings if you’re being old school).
And now for a look inside the book. Enjoy!