Gods Wasps and Stranglers

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ISBN: 9781603587150
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Number of pages: 208
Author: Mike Shanahan
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online Gods Wasps and Stranglers in PDF and EPUB They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers ... rainforest royalty ... more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilization. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence – fig trees are special. They evolved when giant dinosaurs still roamed and have been shaping our world ever since. These trees intrigued Aristotle and amazed Alexander the Great. They were instrumental in Kenya’s struggle for independence and helped restore life after Krakatoa’s catastrophic eruption. Egypt’s Pharaohs hoped to meet fig trees in the afterlife and Queen Elizabeth II was asleep in one when she ascended the throne. And all because 80 million years ago these trees cut a curious deal with some tiny wasps. Thanks to this deal, figs sustain more species of birds and mammals than any other trees, making them vital to rainforests. In a time of falling trees and rising temperatures, their story offers hope. Ultimately, it’s a story about humanity’s relationship with nature. The story of the fig trees stretches back tens of millions of years, but it is as relevant to our future as it is to our past.


Gods Wasps and Stranglers

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Author: Mike Shanahan
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

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Ladders to Heaven

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ISBN: 9781783522378
Release Date: 2016-09-08
Number of pages: 224
Author: Mike Shanahan
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online Ladders to Heaven in PDF and EPUB They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers ... rainforest royalty ... more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Ladders to Heaven tells their amazing story. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilisation. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence – fig trees are special. They evolved when giant dinosaurs still roamed and have been shaping our world ever since. These trees intrigued Aristotle and amazed Alexander the Great. They were instrumental in Kenya’s struggle for independence and helped restore life after Krakatoa’s catastrophic eruption. Egypt’s Pharaohs hoped to meet fig trees in the afterlife and Queen Elizabeth II was asleep in one when she ascended the throne. And all because 80 million years ago these trees cut a curious deal with some tiny wasps. Thanks to this deal, figs sustain more species of birds and mammals than any other trees, making them vital to rainforests. In a time of falling trees and rising temperatures, their story offers hope. Ultimately, it’s a story about humanity’s relationship with nature. The story of the fig trees stretches back tens of millions of years, but it is as relevant to our future as it is to our past.


Ladders to Heaven

Filename: ladders-to-heaven.pdf
ISBN: 1783522364
Release Date: 2016-09-08
Number of pages: 224
Author: Mike Shanahan
Publisher:

Download and read online Ladders to Heaven in PDF and EPUB They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers ... rainforest royalty ... more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Ladders to Heaven tells their amazing story. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilisation. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence - fig trees are special. They evolved when giant dinosaurs still roamed and have been shaping our world ever since. These trees intrigued Aristotle and amazed Alexander the Great. They were instrumental in Kenya's struggle for independence and helped restore life after Krakatoa's catastrophic eruption. Egypt's Pharaohs hoped to meet fig trees in the afterlife and Queen Elizabeth II was asleep in one when she ascended the throne. And all because 80 million years ago these trees cut a curious deal with some tiny wasps. Thanks to this deal, figs sustain more species of birds and mammals than any other trees, making them vital to rainforests. In a time of falling trees and rising temperatures, their story offers hope. Ultimately, it's a story about humanity's relationship with nature. The story of the fig trees stretches back tens of millions of years, but it is as relevant to our future as it is to our past.


Figs

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ISBN: 9781780233925
Release Date: 2014-09-15
Number of pages: 128
Author: David C. Sutton
Publisher: Reaktion Books

Download and read online Figs in PDF and EPUB Lusciously sweet and with a complex texture, figs are both a nutritious culinary delicacy and an important symbol in religion and culture. Associated with Christmas since the time of Charles Dickens—not to mention Dionysus or the Garden of Eden—the fig is steeped in history. In this account of the festive fruit, David C. Sutton places the fig in its historical context, examining its peculiar origins and the importance it has garnered in so many countries. Sutton begins by describing the fig’s strange biology—botanically, it is not a fruit, but rather a cluster of ingrowing flowers—then considers its Arabian origins, including the possibility that the earliest seeds were transported from Yemen to Mesopotamia in the dung of donkeys. Exploring the history of the fruit in fascinating detail, Sutton postulates that the “forbidden fruit” eaten by Adam and Eve was not an apple, but a fig; and he discusses the role figs played for the Crusaders and guides readers toward the wonderful fig festivals held today. Chock full of tasty recipes, intriguing facts, and bizarre stories, Figs is a toothsome book of delights.


The Fig Orchard

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ISBN: 0989455408
Release Date: 2013-07
Number of pages: 450
Author: Layla Fiske
Publisher: Rancho Publishing, LLC

Download and read online The Fig Orchard in PDF and EPUB The unforgettable story of a woman splintered by war and cultural mores, desperately struggling to hold her family together, THE FIG ORCHARD is a rich, compelling epic of love, heroism, family and empowerment. In an isolated, tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, balancing delicately amidst age-old superstitions and religious orthodoxy, Nisrina Huniah, a fifteen-year-old girl, is torn between innocent imaginings and looming apprehensions as she marries a man she has never met, only to fall in love on the night they are wed. Her joy takes a heart-wrenching turn when the encroaching World War fiercely shatters her reality, propelling her on an unexpected journey where she develops friendships that ultimately alter her perception of herself and the world around her. Beautifully written, this sweeping epic of love and friendship, longing, and the hope of redemption is woven into a colorful tapestry that comes alive against the vibrant backdrop of life in early twentieth-century Middle East. With its haunting and deeply affecting ending, THE FIG ORCHARD will remain in the hearts and minds of its readers long after the last page is turned.


Alphabet Killer

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ISBN: 9780811706322
Release Date: 2010
Number of pages: 135
Author: Cheri L. Farnsworth
Publisher: Stackpole Books

Download and read online Alphabet Killer in PDF and EPUB Between 1971 and 1973, three young girls, ages ten to eleven, were found sexually assaulted and slain near Rochester, New York. The girls all had double initials for their first and last names and were found dead in suburbs with names in which the first letter coordinated with the girls' initials. Two prime suspects later committed suicide. A third suspect, Kenneth Bianchi, went to California where he went on to become one of the infamous Hillside Stranglers, but to this day he insists he had nothing to do with the so-called Double Initial, or Alphabet, murders. The crimes remain unsolved, but interest in the case was reenergized with the release of a fictionalized motion picture loosely based on the murders. This factual account, the first book fully devoted to the case, explores the crime and the ongoing investigation.


Planting Design for Dry Gardens

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ISBN: 0993389201
Release Date: 2016-02-18
Number of pages: 240
Author: Olivier Filippi
Publisher:

Download and read online Planting Design for Dry Gardens in PDF and EPUB Green lawns are restful to the eye, provide an excellent backdrop to plants and trees and keep the weeds down, but in low-rainfall regions they often end up looking scrappy and brown. This book offers low-level planting designs that are ecofriendly and so beautiful they redefine the conventional distinction between lawn and plant borders. Inspired by the wild plant communities of Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S., these rigorously trialed plant combinations can be used on terraces, paths, gravel beds and flower borders, as well as areas that are traditionally laid to lawn. Plant choices include the tough new macrothermal grasses, carpeting groundcovers and stunning wild flower mixes that thrive among gravel and stone. With a plant directory that lists over 200 tough but beautiful dry garden plants and Filippi's innovative maintenance techniques, this book will delight all dry garden owners


Dewalt Electrical Code Reference

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ISBN: 9781337271356
Release Date: 2017-04-07
Number of pages: 84
Author: Daniel Sandefur
Publisher: Cengage Learning

Download and read online Dewalt Electrical Code Reference in PDF and EPUB Translate the complex requirements of the 2017 National Electrical Code into simple, practical guidelines for residential electrical installation with this thorough, user-friendly resource. Ideal for homeowners and experienced electricians alike, DEWALT ELECTRICAL CODE REFERENCE: BASED ON THE NEC 2017, Fourth Edition, examines all aspects of residential wiring, from initial rough-in to final trim-out. The author explores each room of the house in detail, covering receptacle placement, smoke detector installation, stairwells, and crawl spaces, as well as key topics such as grounding and bonding requirements, HVAC circuits, GFCI and AFCI requirements, and voltage drop calculations. To help readers master even complex concepts readily, the text includes worksheets to simplify advanced load calculations, straightforward diagrams for wiring devices, and code references highlighting critical NEC 2017 requirements. This highly practical, up-to-date reference is a must-have resource for anyone undertaking residential electrical work today.


The Hidden Life of Trees

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ISBN: 9789386057877
Release Date: 2016-09-13
Number of pages: 320
Author: Peter Wohlleben
Publisher: Penguin UK

Download and read online The Hidden Life of Trees in PDF and EPUB In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific mechanisms behind these wonders, of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.


Moose

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ISBN: 1770859667
Release Date: 2017-09-07
Number of pages: 160
Author: Mark Raycroft
Publisher: Firefly Books

Download and read online Moose in PDF and EPUB Features more than 80 powerful photographs of this majestic animal. Moose features the biology and natural history of the northwood's largest land mammal. Illustrated with the exquisite photographs of famed wilderness photographer Mark Raycroft, this book celebrates this magnificent and elusive forest giant. Weighing up to 1,800 pounds, the moose is the largest living member of the deer family. It ranges across New England to Montana, northern Canada and Alaska, and inhabits Scandinavia and Russia as well. Of the seven subspecies of moose, four of them live in North America where 1 million moose live. They inhabit the northern deciduous and mixed coniferous forests in the east, the aspen parklands of the midwest, the vast boreal forests that span the continent, the northern taiga and up into the southern fringes of the tundra. Moose have been re-introduced to Wisconsin, Minnesota and New Hampshire, and were introduced to Newfoundland as a food source. The name "moose" is derived from the Algonquian native word "mooswa", which means, "animal that strips bark from trees", or "twigeater" and first appeared in the English language in the 1600s. Moose can run up to 35 miles an hour, swim effortlessly for long periods of time, dive as deep as 18 feet and stay submerged for as long as a minute. Their considerable weight and awesome antlers also make them a spectacle to behold. Despite their physical grandeur, moose face challenges from encroaching human activity and a warming climate. More southerly species are moving ever northward where the animals seek out the cooler climes that they need to thrive. Chapters include: Moose Ecology Moose Species Coast To Coast The Antler Cycle The Rut Moose Conservation and the Future Photographing Moose.


Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean

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ISBN: 184246616X
Release Date: 2016-02-24
Number of pages: 630
Author: Chris Thorogood
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Download and read online Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean in PDF and EPUB The Western Mediterranean is home to more than 10,000 plant species, which makes it one of the most important regions in the world for biodiversity. This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to Western Mediterranean wildflowers, covering southern Europe from the Portuguese Algarve to Italy, and Morocco to Tunisia in North Africa, along with all the islands in between. It features 2,500 plants, and its more than 800 line drawings and color photographs make it the ideal companion for field identification. "


The Spice Companion

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ISBN: 9781101905470
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Number of pages: 304
Author: Lior Lev Sercarz
Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Download and read online The Spice Companion in PDF and EPUB A stunning and definitive spice guide by the country’s most sought-after expert, with hundreds of fresh ideas and tips for using pantry spices, 102 never-before-published recipes for spice blends, gorgeous photography, and breathtaking botanical illustrations. Since founding his spice shop in 2006, Lior Lev Sercarz has become the go-to source for fresh and unusual spices as well as small-batch custom blends for renowned chefs around the world. The Spice Companion communicates his expertise in a way that will change how readers cook, inspiring them to try bold new flavor combinations and make custom spice blends. For each of the 102 curated spices, Lev Sercarz provides the history and origin, information on where to buy and how to store it, five traditional cuisine pairings, three quick suggestions for use (such as adding cardamom to flavor chicken broth), and a unique spice blend recipe to highlight it in the kitchen. Sumptuous photography and botanical illustrations of each spice make this must-have resource—which also features debossing on the front cover, an orange-stained book edge, and a silver ribbon marker—as beautiful as it is informative.


It s All Greek to Me

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ISBN: 9781473644748
Release Date: 2017-05-02
Number of pages: 228
Author: John Mole
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

Download and read online It s All Greek to Me in PDF and EPUB UPDATED EDITION WITH A NEW CHAPTER Intoxicated with dreams of a Greek paradise, John Mole inflicts upon his family a tumbledown ruin on a hillside with no water, no electricity, no roof, no floor, no doors, no windows and twenty years of goat dung... far away from the tourist resorts and posh hotels. Through hard work and comic misadventures a bond is formed with a vivid cast of village characters - from Elpida who cures back pain with raw eggs to beautiful Eleni yearning for Dusseldorf - over bottles of ouzo, whisky and wine. If only Hector the dog would calm down.


Luciano Giubbilei The Art of Making Gardens

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ISBN: 1858946468
Release Date: 2016-05-24
Number of pages: 304
Author: Luciano Giubbilei
Publisher: Merrell

Download and read online Luciano Giubbilei The Art of Making Gardens in PDF and EPUB Luciano Giubbilei is known for his award-winnning gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show and for his beautiful and serene gardens for private houses across the world. Since 2012 he has been working on an experimental flower bed in the famous garden of Great Dixter in East Sussex, in close collaboration with the head gardener, Fergus Garrett. In this new book he explains the devlopment of his style over the last few years - a pivotal time for his design work - and describes the philosophy by which he works. The first section contains texts and images that explore the garden at Great Dixter and Luciano's work there, across all four seasons. The second section examines Luciano's love of craft and traditionally made objects, and - through visits to and discussion with craftsmen in the UK and beyond - explores the contribution such work makes to his garden design. The third section constitutes a wider investigation of Luciano's influences under the broad themes of water, colour and texture, illustrating with photographs and words exactly what it is about the world that inspires him and how that is manifested in his designs, with specific reference to his gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2014 and the Venice Biennale in 2015. The gardens are described and illustrated in full with specially commissioned photographs by Andrew Montgomery and Carl Bengston. Full plants lists are also included.