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a year without a shop

Post: #186426 fumanchu
Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:36 pm

Just finished reading Fiona Houston's The Garden & Cottage Diaries. She went back in time to 1790, and lived for a whole year in a cottage with tallow candles, a box bed, and using her garden to feed her. She gives recipes, how to make candles, a rush lamp, do the laundry, make ink, and she walked everywhere. Interesting reading, esp when you think she didnt go into a shop or open a tin for a whole year !

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Post: #186442 Green Rosie
Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:03 am

That does sound good - especially if she gives recipes etc.

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Post: #186448 homegrown
Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:01 am

Sounds great, I'll try to find a copy down here
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Post: #186508 Green Aura
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:49 pm

If you google the garden cottage diaries it comes up with a couple of clips on you tube. She and the house look great. Although I know it must have been bloody hard work, I'd love to try it.
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Post: #186509 fumanchu
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:56 pm

She lives in Traquair, near my son and 25 miles from me. What bugs me is how she grew all that stuff in her garden and I CANT!!! :angryfire:

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Post: #186517 Green Aura
Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:04 am

There must have been a huge amount of preparation. She presumably didn't just decide and start the next day. So she's probably been growing a lot for a good while.

I'm not sure I'd want to dress like that though - I'd look like my Grandmother (actually come to think of it I probably already do :pale: :lol: ).
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Post: #186552 fumanchu
Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:31 am

Well yes that's true. My son knows her and says she is very rich, very posh, and lives in a huge house - the "cottage" in the book is in the garden of the big house, so she must have used her own veg garden.
But I am still miffed :mrgreen: If it ever stops snowing then I might get out to START MINE! :angryfire:

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Post: #198665 homegrown
Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:32 pm

Just started reading through the book and haven't been able to put it down, even her own house is much older than the cottage she lives in and she has cheated once so far, after spending a hard morning scrubbing her sheets to hang them out, one of them kept flapping against a molehill and ended up all dirty again so she growls and goes and rewashes it in her machine, but I believe it adds to the experiment after all howmany consumerists could just instantly give up allmodern conveniences unless forced to by circumstance
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Re: a year without a shop

Post: #198681 LyssaM
Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:10 am

I'll have to have a look out for this one... wonder if my library might have it... An online friend of mine lived a year without money tho this sounds a bit different in that she's grown everything where as he foraged alot and used some waste he found in skips and stuff.

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Post: #198696 Sally Jane
Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:38 pm

I have a feeling I saw this on a Book People sale leaflet for about £7, probably the paperback version. It was quite recently, so may still be on offer, though I don't think £7 is Particularly cheap. I will see if my library has it, but I may be sorely tempted to pay for it if they don't have it...!
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