poetry and prose about place

in the apple tree

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How many hours did I read in the apple tree in my grandfather’s orchard? 

At least a couple of hours every day were spent lost in a book. 

I was ten or so and my reading was relatively simple – Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, Blue Castle, animal stories by Thorton W. Burgess , and books about a young adventurer named Madge Morton.   Most of these were books my Mom had given me, and a few were borrowed from my aunt’s summer house.   Have a look at ‘books about natural spaces’ to see some of my favorites.  Are you old enough to remember some of them?

The search for a comfortable place to read has often eluded me.  Today I read at my desk or in the car.  Anything more soothing and I fall asleep, in spite of the quality of the read. 

Where is your favorite place to read a book? 


reading in the orchard


comfortable limb of

apple tree, how many

books read in the days of

summer,  mysteries, tales  of

plucky girls, animals personified, sunlight

and apple-shadows highlight words

sentences and paragraphs read at

a glance, breezes turning pages

faster than I read, solve

the crime, blood as red as apples

creaky doors and creepy windows

branches rub together somewhere in

the orchard, forget to go in

for supper, my mother’s voice written into

story, calling


© Jane Tims 2011



Written by jane tims

September 14, 2011 at 7:43 am

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  1. I love the sketch of you reading in the apple tree! My favorite place to read a book is in my bed or on the beach… But I have a Kindle now that fits in my handbag and I pull it out to read whenever I’m stuck waiting for anything…


    Barbara Rodgers

    September 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I’m glad you like the sketch. My son has a Sony reader that lets you turn the pages. It also has the approximate weight and ‘feel’ of a book. Wow. Jane


      jane tims

      September 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

  2. I love your drawing. 🙂

    My favorite place to read is in my comfy chair by the fireplace on a cold winter’s day. But I’ll read pretty much everywhere and anywhere.



    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    • Thanks Robin. I have the fireplace (actually a stove), but I lack the comfy chair. Jane


      jane tims

      September 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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