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Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 10:58 am    Post subject: Books for first steps  Reply with quote    

I've put up a thing recommending the basic books and other resources I think make a good starting point for people considering downsizing. I've only put up things I myself have read and used, ie haven't done the Polly Ghazi book which sounds interesting, and haven't done anything specific like chickens or growing (apart from Kitchen Garden mag).

Anyway, if anybody has any comments or suggestions please say - perhaps others could do similar (and much better) "reading lists" on their specialist subjects - I know there're already posts looking for livestock books and recommending gardening books etc.

Yesterday I got two books on bee-keeping and one on cheese making from the library. I doubt I'll do anything practical with them for a few years to come but I'd love to hear from the more experienced as to what they'd recommend.

Goldfinch



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 04 5:25 pm    Post subject: recommended reading Reply with quote    

The book that gave me most inspiration in gardening

No work Gardening or possibly called The No Work Garden

by Ruth Stout

I borrowed it several times from the local library and recommend it 100%

It may well be out of print, but is worth looking out for.

Goldfinch

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 04 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent article Bugs, It felt like you had raided my library before writing this.

the only book I would add would be 'The Complete book of raising livestock and poultry' by Katie Thear.

Think of it as the practical foil to Paul Heiney's book for the imagination!

jema
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 04 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can only echo how good it was, and I feel remiss in not thanking you earlier for such an excellent contribution.

jema

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooh, I feel like doing a Gwyneth-like tearful thank you speech. It's very sweet of you both to be so encouraging - and guess what I'll be asking Santa for, Jonnyboy?

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You're asking Santa for Jonnyboy? Surely not

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No, indeed, if Santa tried to bring him down the chimney, his wetsuit would probably melt.

And I have all I can handle in Treacodactyl (who loves me even when I insist on vegetarian sausages )

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't think your stocking would be big enough to accomodate me.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is that aimed at me or Tahir?

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 04 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


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