I'm taking a little break from reading through my cookbooks to settle into a couple of inspirational books, two books that just happen to be my favourite reads of all time.
The Garden Cottage Diaries is the account by Fiona Houston of her year living in the eighteenth century (as it says in the subtitle of the book). It's a fascinating read of how she ate, used and wore, pretty much all of the time, only things that were available then and did most of her travelling on foot.
Now that's a Challenge I admire!!
Strangely enough she did all this not far from Lovely Hubby's birthplace, and just outside the same village that my sister in law now lives in, Innerleithen which is in Peeblesshire, Scotland.
I say strangely because for years and years, way back when my boy were young this was one of my favourite books (and still is) and we've ended up living not far away from where Elizabeth West and husband had their home, and occasionally we shop in Llanrwst just the way she did.
Making the time to read my way slowly through my own books during this year of not buying any new ones, is one of the best bits for me. It also means that the books that I bought either new or from car boot sales and charity shops that I decide are not worth keeping will make us some money when we sell them, and this cash will go towards paying off the mortgage and we will have more space on the bookshelves for the books that we do decide have earnt their place.
Today is a No Spend Day