New books in the post
Lots of parcels have been arriving in the post of late (Christmas presents), but there were 2 that I have been looking forward to receiving. One of these arrived on Friday - Victorian Farm.
You might remember but I wrote a review about the DVD series of the same name - it was brilliant and I highly recommended it. Finally I got around to buying the book and I am so pleased as it is full of information, recipes, crafts, hints, gardening, farming etc... Here are some of the chapters:
- Background history of the Victorian Age
- Agriculture - advancements in agriculture during this period all the way through to how to grow crops, keeping pigs, sheep shearing, making fertiliser, veg gardens etc
- Victorian arts and crafts
- Victorian cookery and domestic life
- Victorian clothing
- Health and hygiene
- Celebrating the seasons
If I was homeschooling, this would be a wonderful resource to have. I am particularly enjoying the gardening and domestic life parts of the book and the recipes all look great. Many hours of enjoyment to be had!!
The other book I have been eagerly waiting for is this - Wartime Farm (book and DVD), the latest in the "Farm" series - just released in the UK. It arrived on Saturday:)
Like the Victorian Farm - this covers life on a British farm, but this time it is set during the Second World War. The production of food during the war was essential - Britain, prior to WWII was importing around 40% of all its food (most of its bacon came from Denmark), with much from the USA and Canada. With the naval blockades and the destruction of the food ships, Britain had very little choice but to double its food production. Farmers were often exempt from going off to fight as they were considered too valuable in the growing of food that kept Britain going. This series looks at this very important role (one often forgotten) and how the growing of food changed British farming and domestic life.
The book contains many interesting recipes, how to be resourceful whilst living on rations (doing lots with very little), farming during those demanding years, keeping animals, entertainment, the change in modern technology, the role of women etc. Here are some of the chapters:
- The farm at war
- Mobilising people
- The home and garden
- Wartime food
- Home defences
- Make do and mend
- Carrying on. . .
I think many of you would enjoy this one and once again it would make a very good history resource for teaching. I started watching the DVD on Saturday afternoon, and yes, it is looking brilliant as well. Pity you all don't live realy close so I could share it around!
The other books on my wish list are Victorian Pharmacy Remedies and recipes and Edwardian Farm (both of these were brilliant DVD series and I would highly recommend them). But they can wait a little while, or perhaps not!!
A few other books that caught my interest included:
- The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Death by Judith Flanders (this received good reviews on Amazon)
- The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London by Judith Flanders
- Jane Austen's Cookbook by Maggie Black
What is on your wish list?