On Island Time
Northwest writer and illustrator Stewart takes readers on a guided tour as she buys land and builds her dream home on a remote island off the Washington coast. The writing is often merely serviceable, and much in the vein of a private diary, but it's redeemed by her knowledge of the area and about the world around her. There are many details about the numerous locals who become friends and help along the way: the builder; the architect; the dowser who tells her where to dig the well ("Ted says he has had the ability to dowse for around fifty years, but it was only nine years ago that he 'put out a shingle' "); the identifier of moss; the friend who brings feathers to toss in the air that are caught by swallows building their own nests. As she settles in, Stewart surveys every inch of the natural world within a 30-foot radius of her home, from the families of bats and deer to the varying patterns of wildlife from season to season. She also serves as an informal guide to the island as she learns the ways and patterns of local life, punctuated by the ferry schedule. An intensely personal story, Stewart's experience will ring true to those intimately familiar with this part of the world and gives a window in for all who are not. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Islands hold a fascination for many people. In this enchanting book, Stewart, an award-winning, critically acclaimed writer on Native cultures of the Pacific Northwest, offers readers a vicarious enjoyment of the tiny island off the coast of British Columbia where she chose to retire. We share her joy at building the perfect island home and her introduction to the plants and animals that can be both a delight?the swallows that caught feathers she tossed into the air to add to their nest?and a nuisance?the raccoon who raided the bird feeder. In chapters organized by seasons, Stewart intermingles amusing snippets of small-community life with numerous details about the natural history of Quadra Island The author, who is also an illustrator, includes a number of drawings of the plant and animal life that she discusses as well as scenes from the island. Delightful reading; recommended for public libraries.?Maureen Delaney-Lehman, Lake Superior State Univ. Lib., Sault Ste. Marie, MICopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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