Indeed, it's the voices of those kindred spirits - such as Beatrix Potter...and our mothers, authors, authoresses, neighbors, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and even strangers everywhere that speak to our hearts and inspire us to continue these daily rituals, feminine arts, skills and work that shouldn't be forgotten.
You want to be a farmgirl? But you don't live on a farm? Here are some things you can do anyway!
Things to do:
Cows for Milking
Carla Emery photo: By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3633281
Carlotta Louise "Carla" Harshbarger Emery-DeLong : Self-published author of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, which became a bestseller under the pen name of Carla Emery. An advocate of organic farming, homesteading and self-sufficiency.
She began with the intention of writing a book, but wrote it in installments starting in 1970, as a self-published, mimeographed newsletter named An Old-Fashioned Recipe Book. The completed book was finished in March 1974, and by the end of 1975 she had sold 13,000 copies. The book was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "largest mimeographed volume in general circulation" (700 pages) and listed as having sold the most copies of a self-published guide - 45,000 mimeographed copies as of 1977.
She made several television appearances, including, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show, Good Morning, America, and demonstrated milking a goat, churning butter, and other homesteading skills on The Phil Donahue Show.
According to several sources, she died from complications of low blood pressure while on a speaking tour in Odessa, Texas.
The tales, the lifestyle, the fauna and flora, and the beauty of the English countryside all lend to the many fans who wish to replicate it, and step back into that time of Victorian enthusiasm for the pure and simple things in life, me being one of them. There's just something about that era that touches the heart of people everywhere.
These include but are not limited to other's I've mentioned on this page, but also Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, and others. For me I love to glean little tidbits of information from various sources that inspire me to do the things I do.
Beatrix Potter was an English writer and illustrator, best known for her children's books, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She was also natural scientist in her early years, and in her later years she was a housewife, sheep farmer, gardener, and avid conservationist.
Tasha Tudor (August 28, 1915-June 18, 2008): One of America's, if not the world's, most fascinating and beloved illustrators. Her works celebrated her Victorian-era lifestyle, the holidays, family and her love for children and animals-especially Welsh Corgi's. She wrote about the Welsh corgi dogs she kept as pets, sometimes 13 or 14 at once. My first glimpse into the fascinating lifestyle of Tasha Tudor was in a Victoria magazine, in the late 1980's. I knew at first glance that this woman was authentic in her beliefs! Her lifestyle was living proof. I admired her for her determination to truly live the life she wished to live. How many of us could do that? Or even want to do that? We might collect antiques, bake old-fashioned cookies, and drink tea in the afternoon, but do we really and truly have the determination to carry it through down to the last detail? The house did have electricity, but not running water. She carried the water she needed, as you can see in the above photograph.
She went barefoot, spun flax into linen for her own clothing, raised Nubian goats for their milk, made her own tea and lived out her days in a replica of a late 18th-century New England farmhouse, built by her son Seth.
💮Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings💮
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Aug. 8, 1896 - 1953) Author of The Yearling, and Cross Creek. Almost all of the books she wrote were based on real people and her life as she lived it in Cross Creek. For a northern girl, she sure knew how to live like a southern lady! I first read about her in Victoria magazine years ago, and fell in love with her idyllic life in Alachua County, in central Florida. And even though her life was hard, she remained from 1928, until her death in 1953.
MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS STATE HISTORIC SITE
“It is more important to live the life one wishes to live, and to go down with it if necessary, quite contentedly, than to live more profitably but less happily.”
"The pilau is almost a sacred Florida dish, and for making a small amount of meat feed a large number, it has no equal. A Florida church supper is unheard of without it. Bartram found the dish here those many years ago, and called it "pillo," and once, "pilloe." We pronounce the word purr-loo. Almost any meat, but preferably chicken or fresh pork, is cut in pieces and simmered in a generous amount of water until tender. When it falls from the bones, as much rice is added as is needed for the number to be fed, and cooked to a moist flakiness. The flavor of meat and gravy permeates the last grain of rice."
Cross Creek, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
In 1941, World War II continued to rage. The young men of England had been called to the front to fight. Back at home a new regiment is formed. The Women's Land Army, or "Land Girls," young women of England were dispatched across the countryside to pick up the slack and pitch in--literally. The Women's Land Army was first formed in WWI but then disbanded in 1918. It was re-formed in 1939 and disbanded again in 1950.
They tilled the fields, milked cows, reaped grain and hay, picked apples, harvested timber, among other things.
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