Thursday, October 29, 2009

Reading........Country Living and Homesteading

I finished the book "Made from Scratch; Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life," by Jenna Woginrich.

I enjoyed the book, it was full of experiences that Jenna has had and the mistakes she made, and the trials and tribulations she had, for example, having to kill/shoot one of her rabbits, not something I would have wanted to do either. She writes in a way that makes it easy for you to read. Would I buy the book, no, only because I tend to only read books once, unless they are a reference book; however I would recommend you borrow it from the library and read it, as it is enjoyable.

One of the things she does do is have a section at the back of her book for links and books that she does recommend that would be useful in various aspects of your life.

Jenna has a blog called Cold Antler Farm it's worthwhile popping by to see what she's up too now.

Some books she recommends are: "The Contrary Farmer," by Gene Logsdon

"Better Off," by Eric Brende I have read this book and I really enjoyed it.....

"Encyclopedia of Country Living," by Carla Emery

"MaryJane's Idea Book," by MaryJane Butters (that link covers all MaryJane Butters publications)

"Hit by a Farm," by Catherine Friend

"Storey's Basic Country Skills," by John and Martha Storey

"The Good Life," by Scott Nearing this book got a lot of harsh reviews?

"Barnyard in Your Backyard," by Gail Damerow

"Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens," by Gail Damerow

"Chicken Coops," by Judy Pangman

"Sew What! Skirts," by Francesca DenHartog and Carole Ann Camp

"Sew What! Fleece," by Carol Jessop and Chaila Sekora

She also recommends a number of websites, including;

Urban Homesteading

How To Homestead

Homegrown Evolution

Lehman's I have looked at this online store a number of times and found neat things, just never ordered from them.

Green People no not people from another planet...

Home Power alternative energy ideas and resources

This is a great site for books on Appalachian cooking, music and lifestyle, don't be put off by the title, Native Ground Music

Local Harvest is a site that is mainly for the Sates, but does have some Canadian content on it, and is worth a look at.

There are many more links, recommendations and information at the end of the book, but these are ones that jumped out too me. If you have any favourites that you'd care to share please let me know...........


MyBulletinBoard said...

Oh, oh, oh! All kinds of tings to check out. Thanks!

Liz in Texas

Evelyn said...

wow lots of reading!

Scrappy quilter said...

Although I liked Mary Jane's book I wouldn't buy it. It had quite a few advertisements in it for her products. A good read to get from the library.

Carla Emery's book....great one to have along with any of the Storey books.

Your book in the mail on Monday. We won't be home long enough for the next two days to hit the post office.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Good morning Gill! I enjoyed reading your book review and wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the time you took to list all those wonderful resources and their links. ( I know first hand how time consuming it is to put in links!).

I also wanted to thank you for granting permission to link to your blog. I am a little behind on posting as this has been a busy week. However, my plan is to post this afternoon/evening.

I'm off to start my day! Thanks again for everything. Can't wait to have a little time to check those links you posted.

Wishing you a happy day.

Dana said...

Thanks for the great reading list! Had to comment because we just purchased our little dream home in the country, though we haven't moved in!