Friday, October 7, 2011

Audio book

I love knitting 19th century garments. Right now I'm working on a knit bonnet....that is driving me crazy!!!! It's not really difficult it is just prone to errors. Listening to a book would be a good use of my reworking time :p

The reader of this book is very nice to listen to. I "tried" reading this book many, many years ago (found it dry) so listening works for me. :)

A Diary from Dixie
by Mary Chesnut (1823-1886)
Edited by Isabella D. Martin and Myrta Lockett Avary

Monday, October 3, 2011

House Keeping

Finished reading The housekeeper’s book, Frances Harriet Green, 1837, which is the featured book on the foodways group. I enjoy reading these types of books. Each author has their own opinions about what they think is important for the " housewife" to know. Each book may cover different topics related to cooking and house keeping.

This particular book has a section on houseplants besides the regular cooking, laundry and cleaning instructions.  Each chapter begins with general information. I found this book informative. She went into details others leave out. But then that is typical of the period.