Sally Morgan's Living on one acre or less is certainly a book I’ll be hanging on to – for tips and inspiration and I suspect it might end up as dog eared as my copy of Seymour, which is pretty high praise.
As fairly novice beekeepers, I’m always keen to learn more about how we can help our buzzy friends and other pollinators, so I was really looking forward to reviewing this book.
Pigs: A Guide to Management by Neville Beynon has a wealth of information that will prove useful to all pig keepers and breeders.
I love these books – I have huge admiration for anyone who can put pen, pencil or paint to paper and produce anything as lovely as the illustrations therein. Some sixty two breeds are profiled, each with beautiful paintings by the author.
If you love the countryside, foraging and cooking, then you’ll enjoy this book very much. If you simply love beautiful cookery books, you too will enjoy it.
This a lovely, heart-warming book with lots to like about it. As the title implies, it’s the story of Lauren, her family, including Marky, the terrier, and her small flock of hens but it’s well written, funny (even laugh out loud funny in places), professionally produced and beautifully illustrated with the author’s own drawings and photographs.
For a genuine beginner to keeping sheep, this first Smallholder Series DVD has much to offer and certainly complements other information sources such as books and courses.
I’m looking forward to watching and reviewing the other three DVDs in the series!
An Acre a Day is the a rural history DVD produced by Bridget Fraser. It records stories and anecdotes of 13 Herefordshire country people.
They tell tales from before the War, before mechanisation when life was so very different. The title, An Acre a Day, recalls that one man with one horse would plough one acre in one day.
While no book can hope to be a complete reference text for all things in just under 300 pages, this book makes a good stab at it and is pitched at a level above basic horticultural knowledge and experience.
It features knowledge built up over a lifetime of growing in Scotland and allows you to go straight to the tried and tested successful varieties and techniques that will work.
If nothing else, “The Kitchen Garden Estate” has inspired me to get out and about this summer and visit some of the wonderful properties that are owned and managed by the National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland.
This is a lovely book and would make a good gift for any smallholder with an interest in things historical.