Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris

20160430_105002The bluebells and the wood anenomes in Hallerbos, a wood south of Brussels near Waterloo, are cranking up their colours. The daffodils in my garden are leaning at an angle to catch the sun. The tulips have not yet been nibbled by slugs. The hostas are springing out of the earth like trumpets (I just found out today that they eat them like asparagus in Japan). The violets are creeping into view, the dogwood has spectacular fresh green leaves and the new growth on the lavender is making the old grey wood look pretty shabby. The wisteria will be out tomorrow, its buds are frothing with excitement. My friend Wendy met a hedgehog in her garden last week: all we have is beserker pigeons. I could go on, but you get the picture. SPRING, in the northern hemisphere, IS HERE. Also here are some fine reading hints and suggestions for your pre-Easter pleasure.

Monday 3 April: Jackie explains how Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’ is the perfect poem for Spring.

Wednesday 5 April: Moira takes a break from reading serious history books to wallow in the unalloyed genius of 1066 And All That.

Friday 7 April: Hilary’s personal 2017 fiction challenge continues with J David Simons’s A Woman Of Integrity.

2016 photo of the Hallerbos bluebell display by Kate. It’s spectacular every year, beech woods in lime-green new leaf above, and the most bluebells in any one European woodland  below.

About Kate

Blogger, lecturer, podcaster, writer, critic, reviewer, researcher, and publisher (, in and on British literary history. Preferred occupation while listening to podcasts: cooking or knitting. Preferred soundtrack while reading: the sound of silence.

2 comments on “Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris

  1. Jackie
    April 2, 2017

    That photograph is absolutely beautiful!

  2. Kate
    April 2, 2017

    I have a lot of them …. we go every year, and we take photos every year, and they all look the same.

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)
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