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Shenandoah Watercolors [Kindle Edition]

Beth Trissel , Pat Churchman , Elise Trissel , Dennis Trissel
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Book Description

A book of the soul. Author Beth Trissel shares the joys and challenges of rural life on her family’s small farm located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Journey with her through the seasons on the farm, owned by her family since the 1930's, and savor the richness of her beloved valley. This journal, illustrated with images of her farm, valley, and surrounding mountains, is a poignant, often humorous, sometimes sad glimpse into a vanishing way of life. Recommended for anyone in need of comfort and inspiration.

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2012 EPIC Ebook Award Finalist!

From the Author

Written in a month by month journal style, Shenandoah Watercolors follows a year in my life on our farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  This collection of word paintings, illustrated with beautiful photographs, begins in May 2003 and concludes at the end of May 2004, a highly significant year for our family as it turned out. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 8766 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Beth Trissel (April 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YDM3IG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully told stories of farm life July 5, 2011
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This is perhaps the most beautifully written memoir I've ever read. Its lovely and languid descriptions of the picturesque valley, the farm and gardens are equaled only by the charming and funny descriptions of the antics (and conversations!) of the farm animals. What a joy this is to read. I didn't rush through it because I found it such a peaceful way to de-stress when I needed to. I'd read a chapter or two, or even a few pages and feel calmed by the flowing language, which painted scenes of baby animals growing in verdant pastures, kids skating on the frozen winter pond, birds trilling summer songs and garden projects of all kinds. Mrs. Trissel, a farm wife in a setting that makes you want to move to the Shenandoah immediately, has an insightful way of weaving the world around her into a quilt of colors and patterns, scents and sounds. Her perspectives are delightful. She doesn't gloss over the hardships, but takes in the joys with such depth all is tempered and balanced.

Mrs. Trissel has an amazing knowledge of flowers and plants and a sense of humor that had me laughing on many occasions. Whether accompanying her husband to the county fair, pouring over seed catalogues with her youngest daughter or rolling her eyes affectionately at her older daughter's ballooning wedding plans, the reader feels part of that life. She has a fascinating background that is revealed in snippets here and there as offhandedly as plucking flowers in the many gardens on the farm. Both that background and her obvious knowledge of literature (lovely quotes included throughout) add depth to her day to day life which comes across to the reader.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've read a lot of memoirs, but none so appealing as this one. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 4, 2012
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This is a beautiful, touching memoir. It's written with such warmth and detail. The reader truly gets a glimpse into the author's world. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars country life September 22, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. Very well written. I love how the author told how she saw her life and how beautiful it is there. Beth knows how to tell a story and keep you interested. It was if she pulled you into the story. This is a must read author for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful trip down memory lane August 9, 2011
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What an amazing book. I just love to read journals for the simple reason most put their heart and soul into what they write. Beth Trissel has managed to that in her book Shenandoah Watercolors. The more I read , the more I thought of my life as a child back in a little country town in Nebraska.

The story of Daphne and Darlene along with their newest drake Don and wild mallard Dwayne brought rounds of laughter. I could just see Dwayne pursing his gal.

The descriptions of the Virginia countryside are marvelous and if you have never been there before you are in for a treat. I have made a couple trips through the Virginia country side and as I read Ms. Trissel's book I could picture myself being there as she plants her garden, chases the old heifer away from her bushes, going to the county fairs and patiently waiting the arrival of her grandchild.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and is one book I will read again if only to take another trip down memory lane with Beth Trissel. Excellent book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! July 25, 2011
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Even though I've lived in both cities and rural areas, I've always considered myself a city girl although that's probably a misnomer. Truthfully, I'm overwhelmed by city life and fast grow bored with life in the country. Whenever I'm living in the city, I yearn for a less complicated life; when living in the country, I yearn for all the stimuli a city provides.

Which typically leaves me in the suburbs, but that's another story.

I recently read Beth Trissel's Shenandoah Watercolors, a series of short essays which account a year's time on her family's rural farm in the Virginian Shenandoah Valley. Full of rich imagery and fantastic characters in the forms of people, house pets, and farm animals, Mrs. Trissel has cured me of one thing: the idea that living in a rural area is less complicated than living in the city. It's complicated all right: farm animals must be raised, sometimes by hand. Cows are ushered from areas they're determined to plunder, fences be damned. Pets wreak their particular brand of havoc in the house, carefully hoarded spoils overriding the aftermath of broken items and strewn garbage from un-sealed trash bags. There's constant worry about flooding and droughts and broken-down equipment; no harvest means more debt and tight finances.

Throughout all of this threads the familial and neighborly relationships - a sense of community seldom seen in city life. When trouble strikes - be it concern over a crop or the unexpected death of a much loved and anticipated, newly born grandchild - families and neighbors come together to help and nurture each other in any way they can. I was struck by Mrs. Trissel's summation: "The problem with cities is that people don't learn what really matters. Don't really feel or know the rhythms of the earth.
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More About the Author

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I'm deeply drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

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