The Garden Cottage Diaries

The Garden Cottage Diaries

by Fiona J Houston, Fiona J. Houston


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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 1790's 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781887354776
Publisher: Saraband
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Fiona J Houston is a journalist, museum researcher, and campaigner for a greener world, as well as a former schoolteacher, avid historian, and an experienced gardener and cook.

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