From back cover: "May 7th - I love my garden...there were days last winter when I danced for sheer joy out in my frost-bound garden in spite of my years and children. But I did it behind a bush, having a due regard for the decencies..."
writes Elizabeth in her German garden. Indoors are servants, meals and furniture. There, too, is The Man of Wrath, her upright Teutonic husband, inspiring in Elizabeth a mixture of irritation, affection and irreverence. But outside she can escape domestic routine, read favourite books, play with her three babies - and garden to her heart's content. Through Elizabeth's eyes we watch the seasons, from May's "oasis of bird-cherries and greenery" to the "quiet days, crimson creepers and blackberries" of autumn. Then snow carpets her Pomeranian wilderness until spring arrives, the garden "hurrying on its green and flowered petticoat". And each season brings with it new events as friends and neighbours come and go, all wonderfully recorded with Elizabeth's uniquely witty pen.