Wise Words and Country Ways for House and Home: Traditional Advice and Whether It Works Today

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David & Charles, Feb 1, 2012 - House & Home - 254 pages
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Contains generations of advice on simple ways to run an environmentally-friendly home, based around well-known, and not-so-well-known, sayings. Everyone is keen to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve resources, eat and live more healthily. Ruth Binney's fascinating collection of traditional wisdom shares how our forbears lived well within the resources available.

 

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Contents

POLISH WINDOWS WITH NEWSPAPER
CLEAN BOTTLES WITH EGGSHELLS
A PINCH OF BORAX ERADICATES GREASE
NEVER DRY CLEAN CASHMERE
GET GREASE MARKS OFF CLOTHES BY IRONING THEM OVER BLOTTING PAPER
WARM WINE WILL MAKE JEWELLERY SPARKLE
NEVER RUB SOAP INTO WOOLLEN GARMENTS
A WHITE DOORSTEP IS A CLEAN DOORSTEP

PICTURES IF SMALL AND NUMEROUS ARE BEST IN GROUPS
NO HOUSEHOLD ARTICLE MORE CONSPICUOUSLY UNITES USEFUL AND ORNAMENTAL QUALITIES THAN THE CLOCK
THE EXCELLENCE OF A CARPET DEPENDS ON THE THICKNESS OF THE PILE
CURTAINS ADD MUCH TO THE COMFORT AND ADORNMENT OF A ROOM
A BIG SETTEE IS A MOST USEFUL POSSESSION
THE TEST OF A GOOD CHAIR LIES IN ITS WORKMANSHIP
SELECT A TABLE ACCORDING TO ITS USE
OF ALL TYPES OF INTERIOR BLINDS VENETIAN ARE THE BEST
ALL DRAUGHTS SHOULD BE WELL EXCLUDED
A SCRAPER AT THE DOOR KEEPS DIRT FROM THE FLOOR
A BEDROOM WINDOW SHOULD OPEN AT THE TOP
EVERY HOUSEHOLD SHOULD HAVE A DRAWER FOR PAPER AND STRING
CHAPTER 2CARE AND REPAIR
RUB A SQUEAKING DOOR WITH SOAP
A CUP OF VINEGAR WILL STOP COOKING ODOURS FROM PENETRATING THE HOUSE
ANY LARDER SHOULD BE WELL AIRED
THE CHEAPEST WAY TO MAKE A FLOOR LOOK ATTRACTIVE IS TO STAIN IT
ALWAYS CURE A DRIPPING TAP
A CREAKING STAIRCASE IS A GREAT ANNOYANCE
KEEP FOOTWEAR IN SHAPE WITH SHOE TREES
BRUSHING CLOTHES IS A SIMPLE BUT VERY NECESSARY OPERATION
RAISE THE PILE OF VELVET WITH STEAM
FOLD SILK CLOTHES IN BROWN PAPER
TURN WORN SHEETS SIDES TO MIDDLE
RESTORE AN OIL PAINTING WITH AN ONION
THE GREATEST ENEMIES TO FLEAS ARE LIGHT VENTILATION AND CLEANLINESS
KILL COCKROACHES WITH CUCUMBER
MOTH IN CARPET IS A DREADFUL PEST
FEATHER PILLOWS NEED TO BE WELL SHAKEN
STARCH NET CURTAINS WITH RICE
LOOSEN A GLASS STOPPER WITH OLIVE OIL
AN OYSTER SHELL IN A KETTLE WILL PREVENT SCALE
GET SCRATCHES OFF WOOD WITH A WALNUT
RENOVATE AN UMBRELLA WITH STRONG TEA
FLATTEN A CURLING RUG WITH A DAMP TOWEL
THERE ARE FEW THINGS MORE INJURIOUS TO HEALTH THAN A SMELLING DRAIN
CHAPTER 3KITCHEN WISDOM
RUB A SUGAR LUMP ON A LEMON TO EXTRACT ITS OIL
A TOMATO SAUCE IS A GREAT ECONOMY
THE CREAM OF TODAY IS THE CHEESE OF TOMORROW
AN INFERIOR JOINT FROM A FIRST CLASS ANIMAL IS BETTER THAN A MORE POPULAR CUT FROM A SECOND CLASS ONE
THERES A USE FOR EVERY PART OF A PIG BUT THE SQUEAK
A GOOD COOK WILL NEVER HURRY HER ROASTS
A VERY OLD FOWL CAN BE MADE AS TENDER AS A CHICKEN
A FRESH EGG SHOULD FEEL HEAVY IN THE HAND
GREASE CAKE TINS WITH BUTTER WRAPPERS
CHOOSE A FLOUR BY SQUEEZING IT IN YOUR HAND
AN EXCELLENT BREAD CAN BE MADE WITH POTATOES
NO DINNER CAN BE A SUCCESS UNLESS THE VEGETABLES RECEIVE PROPER ATTENTION AND CONSIDERATION
USE AN APPLE TO KEEP A CAKE MOIST
RIPEN GREEN TOMATOES WITH A BUNCH OF BANANAS
A LITTLE POT IS SOON HOT
WASH UP AS YOU GO
A TASTY RÉCHAUFFÉ DEMANDS LITTLE TOIL
BITS AND PIECES MAKE A FINE STOCK
BROWN STALE BREAD IN THE OVEN
ALL KINDS OF FRUIT WILL MAKE FINE FOOLS
ANY INGREDIENT IS FIT FOR A PIE
SEAL A POT WITH GOOD FAT
THE WORK OF PRESERVING REQUIRES TIME AND PAINS
CHAPTER 4CLEAN AND BRIGHT
SPRING CLEANING IS A NECESSITY FOR EVERY HOME
TACKLE A DIRTY OVEN WITH BICARBONATE OF SODA AND VINEGAR
CHARCOAL WILL ABSORB ANY EFFLUVIA
THE KNITTED DISHCLOTH IS EXCELLENT FOR USE AND WEAR
TO GET YOUR WASHING WHITE DRY IT IN THE SUN
CLEAN KID GLOVES WITH BREADCRUMBS
PUT MILK ON AN INK STAIN
PUT WHITE WINE ON A RED WINE STAIN
STAINS ON MARBLE ARE NOT EASILY REMOVED
CLEAN COPPER WHILE IT IS STILL HOT
SCRUB THE BATH BEFORE YOU LEAVE IT
POLISH FURNITURE WITH BEESWAX
A NAILBRUSH WILL CLEAN A COMB MOST EASILY
New brooms sweep clean
CHAPTER 5A WELCOMING HOME
HOSPITALITY IS A MOST EXCELLENT VIRTUE
THE FRONT DOOR IS A HOMES MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE
TRADITION ASSOCIATES THE OPEN FIRE WITH AN OPEN HEART
SILENT PLUMBING IS THE MARK OF A WELL RUN HOME
THE HOME IS NOT A BATTLEFIELD
A PRETTY DECORATION WILL GRACE ANY TABLE
NAPKINS SHOULD ALWAYS BE NEATLY FOLDED
A SIDEBOARD WILL GREATLY RELIEVE A CROWDED TABLE
NO COURSE DURING A DINNER REQUIRES GREATER ATTENTION THAN THE SOUP
AT AN EVENING PARTY CHESS AND ALL UNSOCIABLE GAMES SHOULD BE AVOIDED
THE HOSTESS SHOULD NEVER APOLOGISE FOR THE SIMPLICITY OF THE MEAL
AT TABLE EVERY GUEST NEEDS ELBOW ROOM
IT GREATLY FACILITATES THE EASE OF SEATING COMPANY WHEN THE NAMES OF GUESTS ARE PLACED BY THEIR PLATES
A FINGER BOWL SHOULD ACCOMPANY ANY FOOD EATEN WITH THE HANDS
CHEESE IS THE PEARL OF DESSERTS
PURE WATER IS BETTER THAN FOUL WINE
SERVE WHITE WINE WITH FISH RED WITH MEAT
AFTER DINNER THE PORT SHOULD BE PASSED
THE QUESTION OF LIGHTING THE TABLE IS VERY IMPORTANT
THE VASES IN WHICH FLOWERS ARE PLACED SHOULD BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE SITUATION
A BED FOR A GUEST SHOULD BE WELL AIRED
PLACE BOOKS IN READINESS FOR THE SLEEPLESS GUEST
TAKING TEA IS A MOST GENTEEL AMUSEMENT
CHAPTER 6THE WELLMANAGED HOME
PATCH BY PATCH IS GOOD HOUSEWIFERY
A WOMANS MOST USEFUL WEAPON IS HER NEEDLE
ALWAYS DARN ON THE WRONG SIDE OF YOUR STUFF
HOME DRESSMAKING IS A HELP FOR THOSE WITH SMALL PURSES
THE ART OF KNITTING REQUIRES ONLY THAT THE FINGERS SHOULD BE PROPERLY USED
KEPT CANDLES BURN THE LONGEST
SAVE ORANGE PEEL TO LIGHT YOUR FIRE
OLD VESTS MAKE EXCELLENT DUSTERS
SWITCH THAT LIGHT OUT
SAVE BUTTONS FROM AN OLD SHIRT
CHIMNEYS SHOULD BE SWEPT ANNUALLY
THE RAT SHOULD BE KEPT AS FAR AWAY FROM THE HOME AS POSSIBLE
EXTERMINATE ANTS WITH BOILING WATER
FLIES ARE THE MOST PERNICIOUS INVADERS
GEESE WILL KEEP THIEVES AT BAY
THE BEST WAY TO LOOK AFTER BOOKS IS TO READ THEM
DRY FLOWERS BY HANGING THEM UPSIDE DOWN
WASTE PAPER HAS MANY USES
GOOD CUTLERY REQUIRES GOOD CARE
NEVER SOAK KNIFE HANDLES IN HOT WATER
BUY PERISHABLE GOODS IN SMALL QUANTITIES
BUY WINE ON AN APPLE AND SELL ON CHEESE
TOO MUCH EMPHASIS CANNOT BE LAID ON THE DANGERS OF DAMP
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Ruth Binney has been collecting old sayings, wisdom and traditional remedies for over 50 years. She holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and has been involved in countless publications during her career as an editor. She is the author of six other books for D&C. Ruth lives near Weymouth, Dorset.

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