Old-Time Country Wisdom
and Lore -
Traditional Skills for Simple Living
Old-Time Country Wisdom and Lore 1000s of
Skills for Simple
Living to review
a while I was uncertain
what to say about this publication.
I think the problem was that it
really what I was expecting. From the title I was expecting something
Carla Emery’s iconic publication, but the more I delved into the book,
and more I realized that it wasn’t anything of the sort.
So I have to
that my initial reaction was that of disappointment.
text is also set
newspaper columns but I realized, as I starting looking into this book
simple living, that the layout really adds to the charm of this quaint
ago when people were more in tune with nature they felt that they could
the weather by watching how their cows were behaving in the fields or
in the sky. It was said that when bears started storing food in autumn
going to be a cold winter, or when a pig farmer killed his hogs in the
found his pork hard and solid a severe winter would follow.
that much folklore and old-time country wisdom was based on hasty
observations taken at face-value without
taking into consideration other aspects that would make more sense,
such as perhaps
the quality of the food the pig received would determine the softness
hardness of the meat rather than a sign for inclement seasons.
is these sorts of
that make this book on old-time country wisdom interesting reading
because it highlights the simple living
our ancestors had and the simple beliefs and folklore that helped them
the world around them.
book then is an historical
exploration of the life of our ancestors how they made everything by
start to finish; soap, candles, bread, leatherwork, wine, country
cheese, wines, beer, pottery, clothes, knitted items and dyed fabrics.
fished and planted by the moon, had detailed knowledge of country
that visited their gardens and orchards daily, hunted for their food
foraged for spring greens and herbs to eat.
is one of those
that cannot be read from cover to cover, but is something that you pick
read for entertainment as well as guidance on living the simple life.
publishers have added a caveat that they don’t stand by some of the
very wise move when
there is one that advocates that
treat a snake bite the best course of action is to cut open a freshly
chicken and place it on the wound. The mind boggles! Is that
feather-side up or
blood and guts side down? Do you wrap it up in a bandage or do you hold
there for some time? Or there is another cure where you can rub the
garlic for whooping cough, or rub cow dung into an open wound. None of
would advocate! When you read these folklore remedies it is surprising
many of our ancestors survived at all.
you that there is only one way to plant and fish, and that is by the
book has a large section on moon lore, as well as a section on moon
medicine where treatment and procedures should be carried out during
rhythm and the phases of the moon.
the section on country
pastimes that details entertainment before the age of computer games,
Internet and television. Good old pastimes like hoedowns and horseshoe
pitching, harness racing, the coming of the Chautauqua, and the husking
get friends and family to help with a farm chore bigger than one could
novel section in this country wisdom publication is that
on children’s playthings from times past. Bean bags and cloth balls,
sock dolls and puppets, and rubber-band sailing boats are explained in
a country wisdom book where one steps
back into time to see what it was really like in the days of our
It examines their
simple beliefs - some
based on good logic which still hold true today, and others groundless,
at the time because they didn’t know any better. A gem of a book for
in times past and for those who want a window into our ancestor’s lives
didn’t live all that long ago.
Wisdom and Lore 1000s of Traditional Skills
Living by Jerry Mack Johnson, Published Voyageur Press
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