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The Garden Cottage Diaries: My Year in the Eighteenth Century

Biography / Memoir

By: Fiona J Houston

224 pages, colour illustrations

Saraband (Scotland)

Paperback | Dec 2009 | #195212 | ISBN-13: 9781887354776
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NHBS Price: £16.95 $21/€20 approx
Hardback | Feb 2009 | #184840 | ISBN-13: 9781887354660
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About this book

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.


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