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The Garden Cottage Diaries Fiona J. Houston

The Garden Cottage Diaries By Fiona J. Houston

The Garden Cottage Diaries by Fiona J. Houston

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Presents the story of the author's year re-creating the lifestyle of her 1790s ancestor in a basic one-roomed cottage, eating home-grown produce and surviving on her own resources - making household items herself and dressing in period clothing. This illustrated title includes gardening info, menus, recipes and nature notes.

The Garden Cottage Diaries Summary

The Garden Cottage Diaries: My Year in the Eighteenth Century by Fiona J. Houston

Challenged to prove her claim that an 18th-century diet was better than today's, for a full year Fiona J Houston recreated the lifestyle of her 1790s rural Scottish ancestors in a basic one-roomed cottage, cooking from her garden and the wild, often entertaining family and friends, and surviving on her own resources. She learned lost crafts and skills, making nettle string, quill pens and ink as well as cheese and ale, lighting her fire from flints, and dressing in hand-sewn period clothing, with nothing but an old range stove and candles for warmth and light. This beautiful, quirky, illustrated title tells her extraordinary story and is packed with historical anecdotes, folklore, practical gardening info, seasonal menus, recipes, wildlife notes and more. Includes linocuts, photos and historic engravings.

The Garden Cottage Diaries Reviews

Done with great wit and intelligent determination... Questioning the nature of progress is a sane response in a relentlessly consuming and resource-depleted world.' -- Felicity Lawrence * The Guardian *
'It's a riveting tale of a rather extraordinary journey' - * Family History Monthly. *
'If ever there was an argument for the survival of the printed book, this is it.'

About Fiona J. Houston

Fiona J Houston is a journalist, museum researcher, grandmother and campaigner for a greener world. A former schoolteacher, avid historian,and an experienced gardener and cook, her year in the past brought together these skills and passions in a remarkable living-history project.

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The Garden Cottage Diaries: My Year in the Eighteenth Century by Fiona J. Houston
Used - Very Good
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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