Country Mouse

penmanship (noun)- the art or skill of writing by hand.

If you’re interested in starting a penmanship collection, hunt for really unique samples in autograph books, ledgers, school papers, bank notes and land deeds. Prices will vary from a few dollars into the hundreds.

On My Reading List

#32- Mystery & Crime. ‘Stealing The Show‘ A History of Art and Crime in Six Thefts by John Barelli with Zachary Schisgal, 2019.

“I arrived as assistant manager of security at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art at one of the most exciting times in the museum’s history. In New York in 1978, there were still checker cabs. Ed Koch had just been voted in as mayor. While subway cars were still covered in graffiti, the blackout of 1977 was a thing of the past. Billy Martin led the New York Yankees to a World Series championship even as his tempestuous relationship with George Steinbrenner filled the sports pages. The Met, as it’s affectionately called, was 108 years old…”

Country Mouse

  1. Fresh Cuts’ by Edwina von Gal, 1997. The author was a forerunner with foraging plants, leaves, buds & branches that we all take for granted now.
  2.  ‘In Bloom’ by Ngoc Minh Ngo, 2018. I loved Ngo’s previous book ‘Bringing Nature Home’ so the purchase of this one was a no-brainer. Both books are inspiring.
  3.  ‘A Tree In The House‘ by Annabelle Hickson, 2019. Forget the single flower. Hickson is all about making major statement arrangements using color, size and quantity.
  4.  ‘The Foraged Home’ by Oliver Madenman, 2019. When foraging impacts your entire home and lifestyle.
  5. ‘Wreaths’ by Katie Smyth & Terri Chandler, 2018. Just when you thought wreaths were passé, two women show you differently.

On My Reading List

#31- Biography. ‘The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters’ by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger, 2018.

“…The beautiful Bouvier girls- Jacqueline Lee and Caroline Lee- were bred to dazzle…”

“The great irony of their lives is that fate handed shy, introverted Jackie a role on the world stage- for much of her adult lifetime she was arguably the most famous and admired woman in the world- and Lee, who longed to shine was handed the lesser role of lady-in-waiting…”

Country Mouse

  1. The Way We Live In The country’ by Stafford Cliff & Gilles De Chabaneix, 2011. A favorite of mine. The first chapter has a pictorial overview of life in the country from various parts of the world. Other chapters focus on the country home itself whether it be traditional or contemporary.
  2.  ‘Living In The Countryside’ by Barbara & René Stoeltie, 2003. A tome that covers country decorating in Europe and America at its very best
  3. A Simpler Way Of Life‘ by William Morgan & Trevor Tondro, 2013. After living in Massachusetts and attending college in New York, I’ve been captivated by the old architecture of the northeast ever since.
  4. Country Style’ by Judith & Martin Miller, 1990. An oldie but goodie.
  5. Nora Murphy’s Country House Style‘ by Nora Murphy, 2018. The newest book in my collection. It’s a true testament that country style endures.