My New Forest Home - Irene SoperEx Libris Press, 1996, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Maps;
From the cover: “Irene Soper and her husband Arthur have lived in the New Forest for many years, during which time they have explored all aspects of this very special corner of southern England.
Here is the story of the renovation of an ancient forester’s cabin in their garden to provide themselves with an artists’ studio, a cabin once occupied by the herbalist and writer, Juliette de Bairacli-Levy. She is one of a host of colourful characters, some native and others drawn by the magical atmosphere of the Forest, to whom the reader is introduced in these pages.
The author tells of her encounters with the Forest’s abundant wildlife, among them ponies, donkeys, deer, badgers, birds and snakes, and presents a full account of the area’s traditional products, all of which spring from the natural environment.
Irene Soper’s writing reflects a spirit of tranquillity and timelessness embodied by the Forest itself and is a lasting testament of one who knows and loves this memorable landscape.”