Monday, January 17, 2011
The Victorian Farm
By chance, I found this rather amazing video series floating around on YouTube today. I was a huge fan of Frontier House and Colonial House when they first aired on PBS. Being a veggie gardener and having majored in History at college, I knew that this historical role-playing documentary series about life on a Victorian era farm would be just the thing to quell my growing cabin fever. (Our New England weather is supposed to be particularly horrendous this week.) Anyway, here is the gist of this series produced by the BBC:
Historical observational documentary series following a team who live the life of Victorian farmers for a year. Wearing period clothes and using only the materials that would have been available in 1885, historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn are going back in time to relive the day-to-day life of the Victorian farmer.
Working for a full calendar year, Ruth, Alex and Peter are rediscovering a lost world of skills, crafts and knowledge, assisted by an ever-dwindling band of experts who keep Victorian rural practices alive. Each month and season brings pressing priorities, from tending to livestock and repairing buildings to raising crops, preparing food and crafting furniture and tools. Can they make a success of farming the Victorian way?
Fascinating stuff, aye?! You can view all 36 parts of the series here. Oh and did I mention there is also Edwardian Farm? I haven't been this excited in ages! Why can't they produce something this amazing here in the States???