Okay. This is a first for me…a book recommendation.
Somebody in one of my Organic Gardening groups recommended this book, and I immediately reserved it at the library. It took two weeks, but I finally got the call that it was there.
The book is about the life of a young girl and her siblings being raised by their grandparents on a working farm. The author, Mildred Armstrong, calls the book a “how-to manual — how to scrub a pig’s head in preparation for making head- cheese, how to tame a raccoon, how to plant potatoes, and how to wean a calf.”
The author shares with us the way they dealt with life in a time when they had no running water, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, no heat, no air conditioning. She shares with us what were at that time common sense solutions to the everyday problems of life.
- Using the membrane of an egg to remove a splinter
- Using a spider web as the equivalent of a Band-Aid
- Stroking a chicken’s head to calm him down…before you turn him into dinner
- How to collect a wild hive of bees to take them to your farm so they can pollinate your trees and plants
If you’re into living a life of self-sufficiency and sustainability and frugality you might enjoy hearing about how it was done from somebody who did it.