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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:49 pm    Post subject: Your favourite smallholding book  Reply with quote

You must all have favourite books or DVDs on smallholding/farming,  please bring your favourites to the attention of other members and do something along the lines of a short book review.

Please feel free to continue to add as many books to this thread as you like as a useful resource to both the experienced and inexperienced.  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This series of Young Farmers Booklets has a lot to answer for.




Like many youngsters with an interest in farming, it was these that were instrumental in firing my interest. I have have several of the some thirty odd titles that the series covered. Printed in the 30s, 40s and fifties, the only advice that I can give, is that if you see one for sale in a bookshop, don't hesitate and make sure you get it.

Mmmmmmhhhhhh a bit of price variation here.
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet...amp;x=100&y=15&prevpage=3
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being alot younger than you Bodger ( ) I was inspired by Seymour.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup. I quite literally wore the John Seymour books away. Looking back, I realise that they were high in ethos but pretty low on practical advice. A very good starting point though and very readable.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree - Seymour described a biogas digester but I doubt it worked as he drew it as the pipes were too small.
I think he got the principle from someone then wrote about it to fill out his book..
Once I realised that it pricked his balloon in my eyes and I could not have the same faith in his work anymore.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've started to read one of my many book purchases and I'm finding it to be a really good read.
People who know me, will know that I'm a big fan of Paul Heiney, of his books and of his DVDs. The book that I'm referring to on this occasion is called 'The Traditional Farming Year' The very moment that I opened it, I was there, transported back in time to an era where life was lived at an altogether much slower pace.
Heiney starts to weave his spell from the very first page. There's a superb black and white photograph of a farm worker leading a shire horse in from the fields after a days work. He has a pitch fork over his shoulder and the horse is fully harnessed and on its back hitching a ride home are two little girls.
Its a really dated picture, possibly 50 to 60 years ago but thats how i choose to picture farming in my minds eye.
Farmings nothing like that these days and thats why I'm such a big fan of smallholding. Within reason and the restrictions of pocket, its on these small 'hobby' farms where the old farming traditions are being kept alive. I love it.
If you manage to find a copy of this book lying around somewhere in a second hand book shop or at a car boot sale, then I'd urge you to grab it. If you're interests or outlook on life are anyway similar to mine, then I think that I can safely say that you wont be dissatisfied.

Here's what ABE books has at the moment but be careful.

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet...onal+farming+year.&prevpage=1

The   'Pulling Punches' A Traditional Farming Year' is not the book that I'm referring to. Although its a good book in its own right, the one that I'm really plugging is 'The Traditional Farming Year'.
These are two quite different books by the same author.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welshboy wrote:
I agree - Seymour described a biogas digester but I doubt it worked as he drew it as the pipes were too small.
I think he got the principle from someone then wrote about it to fill out his book..
Once I realised that it pricked his balloon in my eyes and I could not have the same faith in his work anymore.


I always thought seymour lived the dream life but living near his home (he died a few years ago) I have met several people that knew him. Apparently he never did any farm work, the place was and still is a sort of commune - he sat indoors and dished out orders.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He certainly had loads of desciples  
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trouble with the seymours was that they were ok in Suffolk but when john bought the place in wales he had to work at journalism etc much more and sally was left to do all the work. then when he came back he disagreed with what she had done, I think the book that says all this is Im a stranger here myself which tells of the time in Wales. they eventually seperated and john eventually went to live in Ireland we met him at a rare breeds show at stoneleigh many years ago, signing copies of his latest book.  I dont think its fair to say he did nothing,  I spoke to the people in Ireland on his farm a short while before he died and at 90 odd he was still pottering about.  I agree that a lot was theory but most of it, the bits we followed did work.  He was the instigatator of the modern self sufficiency, I wonder just how much actual physical work Hugh F.W. does, someone has to produce the theory for people to follow and pick holes in.  Also he handed the place in Wales to his son or sons who did turn it into a commune, more than rather alternative I gather.  We used to know someone who tried to go there and felt it wasnt for them shall we say.

Anyway JS was a  self sufficiency guru in his day and many people would not have started on the road of self sufficiency without him.

Cobbett's ideas were brill for the times and people have updated him.  Anything that helps people to grow even lettuce is a good thing

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone read Simon Dawsons - The Self Sufficiency Bible?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon who ?      
Yes i've got the book and its full of brilliant useful stuff.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

was thinking of having an indulgence..
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that you'll be disappointed.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The recipes in it are fantastic ( ) and I can certainly vouch for the fact that Simon Dawson certainly does live the life.....erm Lorraine - Did you know Simon Dawson is us if you know what I mean ?
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She doesn't mean that she's a gender bender   Simon is Debbies husband AKA Sid on OTG.

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