I wish I was the moon tonight

We really haven’t had much rain in the past month, which I realised today has cut into my reading time. Most days, with the sun shining, I want to be outside working on the garage wall or gardening. So today I had an opportunity to curl up on the couch and read.

And because I’m immersed in gardening these days, I returned to two gardening books that I wanted to read more leisurely.

Several months’ ago, I ordered The Atlantic Gardener’s Greenbook, Jodi DeLong’s book on gardening in Atlantic Canada. After a mix-up with our illustrious Canada Post (oh joy!), all was sorted out and I received the book. I have read it several times now and have enjoyed it more upon each reading.

As anyone who regularly reads Jodi’s blog, you know you will be in for an informative and entertaining read. I don’t think I will ever look at Bishop’s goutweed again without thinking of Jodi and her efforts to eradicate this noxious beast from her garden.

The Atlantic Gardener’s Greenbook is an accessible book for all manner of gardener. Much of it is just as applicable for the Canadian prairies as for Atlantic Canada (and what a relief to read a gardening book that doesn’t focus on Toronto and environs). It is a comprehensive gardening manual, covering topics from compost to easy plants to grow from seed. There is an excellent chapter on native plants that explains clearly (!) the difference between native and naturalised plants. What I also liked about Jodi’s book was the chapter devoted to having your garden looking good in winter … that’s important for those of us who spend months with our gardens buried under drifts of snow.

I also spent time several good hours reading The Complete Flower Gardener. Last month, I received this book from Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening, Kathy reviewed this book(see the review here) then had a contest to give a copy away to the person who confided their most frustrating experience growing flowers. She asked “What confusion, disaster, or aggravation could this book have prevented, had you owned it? Relate the most convincing tale of woe (or humor) in the comments and this book will be yours.” I won’t relate my tale of woe here, but you can read about it on Kathy’s blog.

And then, because I needed a break from reading, I watched The Girl in the Café for the second time. This film is on a world tour at the initiative of Ingrid, who writes an excellent blog. If you want to participate in the tour, sign up here. Since I only signed up a few months’ ago, I was surprised by how quickly I received the DVD in the mail. (I was also tickled that the next person in line to receive it was fellow gardening blogger, Kylee, from Our Little Acre.)

This is a film well worth watching. Bill Nighy gives an excellent performance as Lawrence, an over-worked bureaucrat whose life has focussed on his work as a financial whiz in the English Chancellor of the Exchequer’s office. As preparations are made for a G-8 summit in Iceland, Lawrence meets Gina (Kelly MacDonald) in a café and is drawn to her. Eventually he asks her to attend the summit with him.

While their relationship intensifies, and as the summit progresses, Gina begins to ask pointed, relevant, but embarrassing questions of several government officials, including the English Prime Minister. She wants to know why governments are not pursuing a more ambitious programme to reduce poverty in the developing world as they had planned at their G-8 summit eight years’ earlier.

As with most bureaucrats, Lawrence, while agreeing with Gina, is compelled to follow his political bosses – at least in the early going. Will Lawrence follow his heart or will he continue to feel as if he is unable to change anything beyond the dictates of official government policy?

Does love win out? Watch this provocative film to find out … it is well worth your time, especially since it deals with some of the pressing issues facing developing countries. It also illustrates how so often the outcome of these summits have been decided before they have even started.

And because it’s just that sort of night and my edges are feeling smudged, I’m listening to a CD put together by my niece, Antonia. Ah, Neko Case has an incredible voice and I do really wish I was the moon tonight … here’s a pic of me transplanting an implacable fern in what now seems like a bit of a dream.

Chimney falls as lovers blaze
I thought that I was young
Now I’ve freezing hands
And bloodless veins
As numb as I’ve become
I’m so tired
I wish I was the moon tonight

Last night I dreamt I’d forgotten my name
‘Cause I sold my soul
But I woke just the same
I’m so lonely
I wish I was the moon tonight

How will you know if you’ve found me at last?
‘Cause I’ll be the one be the one be the one
With my heart in my lap
I’m so tired
I’m so tired
And I wish I was the moon tonight.

19 thoughts on “I wish I was the moon tonight

  1. Gina says:

    kate – thanks for mentioning jodi’s book. i think i may try to order a copy. i love her blog and goodness knows i could use more garden reading material!

  2. nikkipolani says:

    Great suggestions for reading and watching, Kate. Even though I’m nowhere near “cold climate gardening” I think it’d be interesting to read Kathy’s book.

  3. antoniatones says:

    Yo sexy Auntie! I love that song. And such pretty pictures. It does have great lyrics, doesn’t it? And doesn’t her voice just soar? Oh man. I love it. I love her. I love you!

  4. A wildlife gardener says:

    Very romantic post, Kate. Love the photo of you in your garden. your hairstyle looks lovely…is it a ‘new look’?When the time is right, it will happen, and the sun will shine brighter the second time around 🙂

  5. kris says:

    Hi Kate – just caught up with your last few posts. Your photos are so beautiful. I laughed at the grasshopper one – I had one riding with me a short time the other day too! I’ll have to check out the books – they sound like good ones. And the DVD. Your poem is lovely – I envy your ability to write poetry. I love writing, but poetry is not my talent.

  6. Yolanda Elizabet says:

    Lovely post! Excellent review of Jodi’s book, she writes very well, doesn’t she? Glad to see that you enjoyed yourself reading 2 great garden books, listening to a CD put together by your niece and watching a great movie!Like your hair in the pic, short hair looks good on you too!BTW On Bliss we’re getting personal. 😉

  7. Clare says:

    Hi Kate! Really cool post. I really enjoyed the movie review — I’ve been meaning to see it. I also really liked reading about the gardening books — I’m especially intrigued by Jodi DeLong’s book since you’ve read it several times — that is the sign of a really good book! The words from Neko Case’s song are really lovely — I like it when you share song lyrics on your blog. The line “I wish I was the moon” is a great. And I love your photos — the pink flower looks really happy. And your haircut is super beautiful! You look gorgeous digging in the dirt! 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s so heartwarming to feel the peace in your blog and to know that you are looking after “you”.You write so beautifully, and the pics that you share are an inspiration.

  9. Sandy says:

    Kate, I was going to tell you that I liked your hair, but I see others have beat me to it! I wouldn’t think of ferns growing there. Do they in the wild?

  10. Annie in Austin says:

    Thank you for the comment box hint – I was wondering how you did it! Another Canadian blogger mentioned The Girl in the Cafe, Kate and it sounds good – who could resist Bill Nighy with Kelly Macdonald? If you spend time being the moon tonight, enjoy the whisper and flap of owls’ wings all around. Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  11. Layanee says:

    I enjoyed that flick! Great picture of the gardener at work! I need to concentrate on some reading now that you mention it!

  12. kate says:

    Hi Gina – Jodi’s book is definitely worthwhile reading. Even if you garden in a different zone, much of the material is helpful. Beth – I’m glad you enjoyed them. The poem was the words to Neko Case’s song, ‘I Wish I was the Moon Tonight’. She’s an amazing singer. Celia – I agree this was a perfect film for a rainy day. Bill Nighy is wonderful in the movie. Well, Bill N. is great in any movie. I loved him in ‘Love Actually’. That is really cool about dirt and mental health. Interesting … makes me want to go weed picking without gloves always!Aria – It’s good my garden does this for you – just as your amazing recipes and yummy pictures do for me. Nikki – “Cold Climate Gardening” has tons of info for growing flowers in all zones. It is good reading. Tones – I agree totally – Neko Cases rocks definitely. Thanks for your visit!Wildlife Gardener – Ah, it was the hairstyle I had several months ago. Since then I’ve been growing my hair out so that I can put it in a ponytail. I’m not sure if I’ll keep on growing it or not. I liked it short. It dried so quickly. Hopefully, yes, the sun will shine brighter next time… Kris – it seems to be grasshopper season, although I’ve not encountered many this year. It was a treat to have one riding along with me. The books are good and so is the DVD. And that isn’t my poem, but rather the lyrics to Neko Case’s song. She is worth listening to. Her voice is incredible. Yolanda Elizabet – Jodi does write well – her book is such a good read. I wish that I had read a book like this when I first started out. I’m still trying to decide about my hair – grow it longer or cut it shorter again. I really enjoyed your Bliss post on seven random facts. What fun that was to read! Clare – Jodi’s book is an excellent read – even if you don’t live in Atlantic Canada. Her sense of humour and love of gardening shine through. I love her enthusiasm. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of music and some song lyrics just stay with me. I’m glad you like when I share! My pink flowers – gazania – are so adorable. They are constantly blooming and no two are alike. I think digging in the dirt is what I was meant to do – it gives me such a wonderful sense of peace and contentment. Anonymous – thank you for your comments… I like to write especially about those things that I love. Sandy – Thank you for the compliment on my hair. As you’ll read above, I’m undecided about what to do. I like the freedom of putting my hair in a ponytail, but then I like the ease and speed of short hair. Several ferns grow here – not many, but there a few varieties that do well. I’ll take a picture of my ferns in the back…in the picture, I’m actually visiting a friend who lives far south of me! Annie – Well, I was tickled to figure out how to add a line to the ‘Comments’ section. And I was even more thrilled when I used HTML tags and made my e-mail address clickable. I would so love to hear the flap of owl wings some night … I seem to spend way more time outside at night since I’ve been stenciling away with my OTT light (usually used for embroidery). I’m sure my neighbours wonder what I do late at night, but it the only time when it is cool enough to get much stenciling done these days. Layanee – It is a good film… during the summer, I seem to watch less films as well as read. The book stacks keep growing, and I look at them and think, I’ll have all winter to read them… I won’t have the luxury of spending time in the garden in a few more months.

  13. Gotta Garden says:

    Congrats on your win! I will have to go over and read your comment! I do like rainy days just for the luxury of a good read or maybe a movie…You’ve pointed me in some new directions, I’ll have to check them out. Take care now.

  14. Mary says:

    Hi Kate,Thanks for the books reviews. I loved seeing you and your fern, doing what you do so well!

  15. No Rain says:

    Hi Kate,I really love the way your posts just pull a person along, almost like wandering down a meandering garden path. You have a lovely writing style. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving comments. I’m glad you enjoy my desert offerings.Aiyana

  16. kate says:

    GG- You will laugh when you read about my remarkable naivete in the garden. I guess that’s the way we all learn though. Mary – I love sharing my good book finds. Jodi’s book is fun to read – her enthusiasm for gardening is so evident. Aiyana – I’ve been thinking of you tonight as I transplant some succulents (long overdue). I just wish it stayed darker for longer.

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