Autumn is here... From the 1885 Reading Hardware catalog. Manufactured through 1993 and brought back into production shortly thereafter by Lehman's. I grew up using one of these. Now, it looks like something a Steampunk engineer would create to use as many moving parts as possible. It was a more interesting kitchen in those days … Continue reading Reading Hardware No. 78 Apple Parer
Sometimes, you just have to make some candles. The smell of pure beeswax makes me very happy indeed.
Springtime is just around the corner. Now that we're in a more hospitable growing environment, I feel obligated to get a better garden growing. Of course, it is some work but the payoff, even for a small garden more than justifies the effort. It's always a good time to grow food. In times of crisis, … Continue reading Victory Gardens
This is a re-post from an earlier entry. Say what you will about British imperial policy of the 19th and 20th centuries. They certainly worked out minimalist travel with a fair amount of style and comfort on a very personal level. These old catalogs give some great ideas for camp living. From The Army and … Continue reading Edwardian Camp Equipment
From The Army and Navy Co-operative Society Store, London 1907 Waiting for the plumbers gave me a few minutes to put up this post. This is a lot more than a bunch of nifty images (but it is that as well). There are some excellent items here that should give some inspiration for fabricating some classic … Continue reading Edwardian Camp Equipment
I've been lucky as a chicken owner for quite a few years. Very few have been stolen by predators, and we've had very little illness. Right now, with a dozen chickens both old and young, I get between three and six eggs per day with the occasional bonanza of eight. That is, if I can … Continue reading Backyard Chickens