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Dick and his son explain everything on what and how they did in their farm. And when I mean everything I mean EVERYTHING. I found most of the topics and more that I was researching for months on the internet, starting from how to raise chickens to how to build a hydroelectric dam out of your creek on your land.
Enjoyable book and plenty of easy to read information. But one really annoying thing about it is it's about a uk family, set in the uk but really oddly refers to all it's financial information in cents and dollars. We don't have "Labor" or all of the considerable other Americanisms. Purely from that angle, most confusing but a good read all the same. Why Americanise a UK market book???
I'm a fan of Escape to the Chateau featuring Dick Strawbridge and was curious about his take on self sufficiency. Pleasantly surprised by this book -- filled with incredibly useful information, tips and advice and great ideas. i'm inspired to add his ideas to my garden. Definitely a great book to buy for anyone interested in how to be more self sufficient, and "green".
As a big fan of Escape To The Chateau, as well as planning on moving to the country in two years, I bought this book hoping to learn more of Dick Strawbridge's wealth of homespun knowledge regarding living on a small farm. It was a bit of a gamble as I could only see a couple of pages on the Amazon website (even though DK as publisher assured me of a good quality product), but now that I've had a chance to go through it I am so very pleased with it! It's like having Mr. Strawbridge right here giving me lessons on topics ranging from wind power and elderberry champagne to small-crop rotation, with his son James' expertise as an added bonus. Very happy purchaser!
I borrowed this from the library and immediately bought my own copy. It has tons and tons of practical projects in self sufficiency, and while not all have extremely detailed instructions, the instructions generally give you a pretty good idea of whether a job is too complicated for you to tackle just yet, or if it's something you'd want to explore more. Tons of pictures, diagrams and layouts, as well as recipes and tips make this a super fun book for me as i begin my first year on the farm, milking, gardening, making cheese and caring for bottle baby animals...
This is a great book.... easy to read, lots of photos, nice illustrations, the graphic design is well done.... I've flipped through it several times now and have seen lots of useful information and good tips. I definitely recommend it!
a clear concise, enjoyable read with lots of ideas and how-to's. I had actually read most of this book while babysitting and was so impressed that I had to order one for myself. Even though the authors farm in England they mention a lot of ideas and products available in North America.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in being self sufficient, homesteading, or just having a wee garden to call their own.