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New Book: Farm Anatomy, in all its splendour

July 20, 2012 | Art, Publications | 8 comments | Author:

This is such a beautiful book – perfect for those dreaming of farming (on whatever scale). While it’s been written for adults, I’ve discovered it’s also a great book for small fry – full of fun, accurate illustrations about interesting stuff like different cloud formations and roosters both.

Being questionably blessed with a 3 year old who already corrects me on my naming of tractor parts, this book is being well received at our farm, with its entries on ham curing, chicken comb styles, the history of the tractor and the innards of the artichoke…

A fine tome to read beneath an apple tree with a teapot close at hand, or on a train, bus or plane. Or just in the loungeroom. Such gorgeous images! Such pertinent facts!

Farm Anatomy: the curious parts and pieces of country life by Julia Rothman

And it’s such a good excuse to get away from screentime, too – I’m very much celebrating the physicality of lovely books and their influence on whimsical thought, which I’m finding so very different from scroll and click thinking…

Julia Rothman is, you might have noticed, also the illustrative force behind The Greenhorns book, website, and ongoing series of amazing posters and things. She also does fabric design and has a book of funky iron-ons to boot…

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  • laurielye July 20, 2012 at 6:12 am | Reply

    Wow!! That is a B E A U T I F U L book!! It looks similar, but simpler that a book I have titled “Backyard Homestead” by Charlene Madigan. Thank you for sharing, it will be a great addition to my learning to farm library.

  • Astrid | Pohutukawa PhotoGraphic July 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply

    This looks beautiful, and so helpful. Tempted to add it to our “one day we’ll be living off the land” daydream/inspiration bookshelf.

  • m July 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply

    another to add to my ever-growing collection, thank you. I’m not sure if this is mentioned elsewhere, but what inspired the name ‘milkwood’? it wasn’t, perchance, a certain welshman with alcoholic tendencies… was it?

    p.s. the above book reminds me a little of a more modern and colorful ‘the organic gardener’, by catherine osgood foster. –

    1. milkwoodkirsten July 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply

      yes, ‘Milkwood’ was named in lage part due to Mr Thomas, and partly due to it’s association with both nuturing and strength, and partly due to it being a tree name in all continents (tho meaning a different species in each)…

    2. milkwoodkirsten July 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply

      and also your blog is completely gorgeous! Yay little nomad family!

  • m July 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply

    thanks! we’re big lovers of your blog. it helps that you’re in a similar climate to us too (we’re in mount victoria, just down the road… albeit a very long road). thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Libby Keane July 24, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply

    This looks like an awesome book. I’m hooked just from the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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