Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Paperback Book
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May 7th -- There were days last winter when I danced for sheer joy out in my frost-bound garden in spite of my years and children. But I did it behind a bush, having a due regard for the decencies ...'Elizabeth's uniquely witty pen records each season in her beloved garden, where she escapes from the stifling routine of indoors: servants, meals, domestic routine, and the presence of her overbearing husband ...


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Finished 'Elizabeth and her German garden' recently and found it delightful. It appears, from reading the introduction, to be autobiographical as it is the musings and thoughts of Elizabeth von Arnim about her garden over a year, with the odd bits of life interspersed! It is very witty and some of the descriptions are just lovely but there are also some insightful comments on the frustrations of being a woman at that place and time. The way Elizabeth stops herself from telling the society ladies about spending her time reading books made me laugh but it was also quite sad that it was not seen as the 'done thing'!

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