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Poplar and mistletoe

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poplar and mistletoe in Normandy, France
poplar and mistletoe in Normandy, France

poplar and mistletoe in Normandy, France. Lumix GX7, 7mm, f5.6, 1/200sec, ISO125.

I escaped to France last week during the hiatus of the launch of The New Sylva – appropriately enough losing myself among the bocage and marais in Normandy.

There, Spring was well advanced yet the mornings full of misty promise. I stayed with my family in the very beautiful Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (read more). I was amazed by the amount of mistletoe present on the trees among the hedgerows and marshes, which grew on nearly all tree species. Its favourite host appeared to be poplar.

I waited in the cold with my camera early one morning until the mist just accentuated the amazing growths of mistletoe on this poplar tree, while the top of the tree itself was lost in the low mist. There, down on the lowest part of the marais (marsh), skylark and moorhen accompanied me to the waking of a new dawn.

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Book signing

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Gabriel Hemery signing The New Sylva

Originally posted on The New Sylva:

With the official publication day just over one week away, the authors have been preparing by signing copies pre-ordered via the online shop of the Sylva Foundation.

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In retrospect: Sylva

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Hemery, In retrospect: Sylva. Nature, 507, 166–167, (13 March 2014), doi:10.1038/507166a

Hemery, In retrospect: Sylva. Nature, 507, 166–167, (13 March 2014), doi:10.1038/507166a

Hemery, In retrospect: Sylva. Nature, 507, 166–167, (13 March 2014), doi:10.1038/507166a

My article celebrating the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s 1664 Sylva has been published in the international weekly journal of science Nature.

Read the article here

Hemery, G (2014) In retrospect: Sylva. Nature, 507, 166–167, (13 March 2014), doi:10.1038/507166a

Goodreads Book Giveaway

March 11, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

Originally posted on The New Sylva:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The New Sylva on Goodreads

The New Sylva on Goodreads

One advance copy of The New Sylva is available for one lucky winner on Goodreads. The copy will be signed by both authors, and will be dispatched one week before the official publication date on April 10th.

The New Sylva

by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet

Giveaway ends April 02, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Good luck!

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The NEW SYLVA book in the author’s hands

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The New Sylva book in-hand

The New Sylva book in-hand

Today – by chance World Book Day – the first bound copy of The New Sylva arrived in the author’s hands from Bloomsbury Publishing.

It is a strange emotion unwrapping and viewing for the first time the fruit of several years labour. A mixture of joy and pleasure, immense satisfaction, and a real sense that something has finally been achieved. It seems a good time also to reflect on how many people have supported Sarah and I in bringing this book to reality.

Seeing it for the first time has made me proud of the unbeatable team behind the book – and a team effort is exactly what it has been. The journey started over four years ago when Sarah and I started to shape an idea for the book. We met three and a half years ago with literary agent Rosemary Scholar. Commissioning of…

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Authors to speak at Oxford Literary Festival

February 1, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

Gabriel Hemery:

I will be speaking alongside co-author Sarah Simblet about the making of The New Sylva at the Oxford Literary Festival on 26th March

Originally posted on The New Sylva:

Oxford Literary Festival 2014

Oxford Literary Festival 2014

Both authors, Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet, will be talking about the creation of The New Sylva at the Oxford Literary Festival.

The event is scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday 26th March. Full details have yet to be announced but will published on the Oxford Literary Festival website soon.

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