Health, Lifestyle & Well-being

Self-sufficiency

  • BLTS
    Mark Frary
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    Providing all the basic scientific principles you'll need to solve many household conundrums, Mark Frary's Better Living Through Science offers 30 practical techniques that can be applied to everyday tasks - from how to keep kids entertained to saving money on petrol and wrapping the perfect present.

    Full colour throughout, the book is packed with fun diagrams and easy-to-follow explanations for all the life hacks, making it ideal for any potential science buff. The advice will help you apply accessible science to your home life in order to do things faster, better and cheaper.

    Among many other handy hints, the book will show you how to use maths to keep those credit cards down, geometry to fit furniture around the corner and chemistry to remove wine stains!
  • School of Life - How to... Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509822058
    SLHT
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    Whether you have money worries; are struggling to keep up in the digital age; or have vowed to stay sane and free from stress, this three-book collection is full of tips and advice to help you achieve your goals.

    Philippa Perry's How to Stay Sane describes how our minds work and then takes you through a number of exercises that have been designed to strengthen resilience, bolster a sense of perspective and increase creativity. Tom Chatfield's How to Thrive in the Digital Age reveals the effect that our constantly connected world has on people - for better or for worse; and John Armstrong's How to Worry Less About Money considers the ways in which we relate to money and the meaning we attach to it.

    This collection contains three self-help books to help you learn and discover new ways to live your life to the full and find better mental health.
  • MEAN
    Jane Thynne
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    If you know someone who always likes to remain frugal (or penny-pinching!) with their money, then Tips for Meanies: Thrifty Wisdom for the Oldie will quickly become their favourite book - it's full of thrifty and irreverent tips for the household!

    Taking the advice from the bestselling magazine The Oldie, the book shows 'Meanies' how to keep their homes clean, green and very mean. Tips range from the unlikely miracles that toothpaste and vinegar can perform to cunning ways to curb household shopping and lower energy bills.

    There are also home remedy solutions and other austerity-busting tips that will delight anyone who tends to be a bit tight when it comes to money. Pocket-sized, this is the perfect book for dipping in and out of!
  • ABIMX
    Melissa Corkhill
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    What could be more wonderful that being able to soothe your own and your family's aches and pains naturally? Here Melissa Corkhill gives advice for treating common conditions and illnesses at home using remedies provided by Mother Nature. In this book you'll discover how to treat non-serious complaints, such as coughs, colds and sore throats, as well as suggestions for easing the strain of more permanent conditions like eczema, arthritis and asthma. Packed with easy-to-follow recipes using herbs, essential oils and ingredients found in your kitchen, you'll be making your own natural remedies in no time.
  • AAJGA
    John Seymour
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    Make the break, realise the dream and start living "The Good Life!" with John Seymour. The new edition of this enduring classic from the founding father of modern self-sufficiency, John Seymour, is still the key reference to living off the land. Covering all the practicals from ploughing fields to milking cows as well as information on how to create an urban organic garden and harness natural energy, this is perfect for anyone aspiring to the self-sufficient lifestyle. Packed with Seymour's tried-and-tested tips and invaluable nuggets of advice, discover how to reap the harvest, respect the land, stay healthy and waste nothing.
  • AAPZI
    Eve McLaughlin
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    This is an inspirational guide to teach you everything you need to know about growing your own food and becoming self-sufficient. This updated version of the original guide to self-sufficiency has everything you need to start the good life. It includes the very latest gardening advice to help you grow fresh fruit and vegetables on your land, be it a garden or allotment, small or large. You can discover how to plan your site to make the most of it. Expert gardening tips explores the best planting times, how to start a garden from scratch and how to plan your crops. You can move closer to self-sufficiency with unusual ideas for how to store, process and preserve your homegrown harvest to make it last longer. You can brew your own beer and cider and learn how to bottle, cure, smoke and pickle your produce.
  • AANJX
    James Strawbridge
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    This title contains everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series - "It's Not Easy Being Green" - Dick & James Strawbridge. Want to save on your fuel bills, ready to grow your own, reduce your carbon footprint, and take the self-sufficient plunge? Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life - without having to transform your lifestyle. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, the Strawbridges provide all the step-by-step advice you need for successful eco projects, large and small.

    Learn to grow your own fruit & veg, make a wormery, build a chicken ark, install solar panels and more. Each undertaking is realistic, achievable and sustainable. You won't need to go the whole hog - just pick and mix to suit your needs, for long-lasting dividends.
  • AHXTK
    Dick Strawbridge
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    There's nothing like a fresh loaf, warm from the oven - and with this new title baking has never been so simple. Breads shows you how to make your own sourdough, yeast, quick and unleavened breads for every occasion. This practical guide to baking is packed full of delicious recipes and detailed step-by-step instructions, as well as expert hints and tips straight from the authors' kitchen.
  • AGSXA
    Dick Strawbridge
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    Cheese & Dairy shows you how to make fresh butters, yogurts and cheeses - from fresh, soft and hard to flavoured and blue - with plenty of recipes for milk and cream too. Dick and James Strawbridge show you how to transform fresh produce into delicious handcrafted food and drink for enjoying and sharing any time of year. With clear demonstrations of key methods and fantastic recipes to taste, everything you need is here.
  • AMCZS
    Lindsay Porter
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    The Renewable Energy Home Handbook is biased towards the practical, and covers the installation of all leading types of alternative domestic energy sources - from ground- and air-source heat pumps, PV solar electricity generation and solar water heating, to bio-mass domestic heating systems and wind turbines. Discussing the pros and cons of each technology, it also provides you with a clear overview of what's genuinely required and the benefits to be gained from each system. The author, Lindsay Porter, is best known for his books on motor vehicle technology, making car mechanics and body repairs easy to understand and carry out. But alternative energy and conservation have long been a passion for him and his wife, Shan, so this manual is very much a labour of love. Here, Lindsay applies his commitment to making difficult subjects easy for everyone to understand to the money-saving - planet-saving - systems we can apply to our homes.
  • AONXD
    Tom Szaky
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    In this fun, pop culture exploration, two ecological entrepreneurs examine the materials we use in our daily lives, show how they impact the environment, and provide project ideas-from recycling to upcycling and more-to lessen our impact and protect our world. Jam-packed with information, more than 200 photographs and illustrations, and approximately twenty DIY projects, this engaging, graphic volume shows us how we all can cut down, reuse, and repurpose the garbage we produce. With its easy hands-on design, Make Garbage Great contains information, little known facts, compelling graphics, and colorful illustrations and photos on a variety of common household waste-stream materials: Plastics, Glass and Ceramics, Paper, Wood, Textiles, Metal, Rubber, and Organics. Tom Szaky, the founder of the award-winning nonprofit, environmental company TerraCycle, introduces each and explains what he's learned about it in his personal life and with TerraCycle. He and Albe Zakes then provide a graphic historical timeline of each material's use in commercial goods-from how it's manufactured to what happens when it's throw out-an analysis of its impact on the environment now and tomorrow; suggestions for DIY projects to save it from the trash bin, and lists of helpful resources. They also include sidebars and definitions, fun and quirky facts, lists of reuse ideas, quotes, and illuminating interviews that add depth and insight. All of us have a responsibility to protect our environment. Informative and inspirational, Make Garbage Great shows us how to be creative custodians today-and for the rest of our lives.
  • AEBJY
    Helene Gammack
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    * Inspiration for the modern gardener or smallholder from Britain's great country estate and their kitchens gardens. * This practical guide gives a fascinating glimpse over the kitchen garden wall and into the orchards, vegetable beds, fishponds, vineyards and brewhouses through the centuries. * For anyone wishing to grow their own and become more self-sufficient, there is much to learn from traditional gardening techniques, whether you have an urban allotment or a balcony. Britain's great estates and country house gardens offer a wealth of inspiration to the modern gardener. From traditional walled kitchen gardens and their - sometimes surprising - fruit and vegetables, to keeping bees, chickens or even livestock, tried and tested methods have been used in kitchen garden estates since medieval times and have much to teach anyone who wishes to make their own outdoor space a model of self-sufficiency. Covering fruit and vegetables, herbs, orchards, beekeeping, fish ponds, dovecotes and poultry, dairy and the farmyard, the deer park and game, hops and vineyards, there is something for everyone, whether you have acres of land, an allotment or are simply growing herbs on your windowsill.
  • ARMMI
    Bella Ivins
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    'The New Homesteader' tells the story of their family life on their home farm and provides all the knowledge necessary for anyone thinking of embracing a self-sustaining lifestyle and starting their own homestead or urban farm - or even just tending their own little plot to provide a supply of fresh ingredients throughout the year.Starting with the Kitchen Garden, Nick and Bella discuss designing and planning a plot then move on to choosing and planting fruit and vegetable crops. Next, in The Orchard, they explain how to plant and tend an orchard as well as growing soft fruit. Animals covers the topic of livestock, including keeping bees, chickens and other small poultry and rearing lambs and pigs. And The Garden tackles a range of associated subjects such how to make any additional outside space productive by planting a wildflower meadow, a small woodland and even a nuttery.
  • ANKCY
    Suzie Baldwin
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    The Good Life in Real Life is a detailed manual to start, plan and manage your own smallholding. Suzie explains the level of work involved, how much space you need and how to prepare your land. There are chapters on keeping poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese), as well as pigs, goats and sheep, cows and bees. She also explains why having a variety of animals makes the best use of your resources and how many of each type to keep. Comprehensive advice includes choosing breeds, transporting, feeding, housing, daily care and wellbeing, as well as international legislation that applies to livestock.
  • AGBQV
    Gail Damerow
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    If you want to incubate, hatch, and brood chicks yourself, rather than buying them from a hatchery, this is the guide you need. Poultry authority Gail Damerow explains exactly how to hatch healthy baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults, and guinea keets, addressing everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to ensuring proper set-up and sanitary conditions, understanding embryo development, and feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder. This is an indispensable reference for any poultry raiser, whether you want to hatch three eggs or one hundred.
  • ARVIG
    Sally Morgan
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    You can grow all the fruit and vegetables your family needs, raise animals for meat and eggs, keep fish and bees, and even produce firewood on a plot of land of just one acre or less - alongside your work and family life. Whether you have a garden, a paddock or perhaps the corner of a field, Sally Morgan guides you through: * How to lay out your plot - including fencing and polytunnels or greenhouses * Managing soil fertility * Growing fruit and vegetables throughout the year * Keeping livestock: poultry, pigs, sheep and goats * Producing fish with aquaponics Filled with practical advice, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to be more self-sufficient and live a more sustainable life.
  • AQYKS
    Eric Childs
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    People everywhere are rejecting industrial food to produce their own - and fermentation is at the zenith of this movement. It is slow food at its slowest, optimizes nutritional health and confers unique flavours and textures. This mouthwatering survey presents a world of recipes for fermented foods and beverages to make at home, from bread and beer to ketchup, kombucha and kimchi. Featuring tantalizing photography and tips from the pros, this book is the ultimate resource for everyone from the newbie to the seasoned fermentation enthusiast.
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    Wild At Heart
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    It's free, it's fun and it's very tasty! Harvesting your own produce from the hedgerows, meadows and woods rather than just ordering food online from the supermarket is all the rage with both towndwellers and countryfolk. The joy of turning nature's bounty into delicious produce to enjoy with the family or to use to make a lovely gift is being rediscovered in kitchens across the country. This book will show you how easy it is to use your 'harvest' in lots of different ways: fed up with just making jam? then why not try fruit leather, cheese, rose petal syrup or a wickedly alcoholic drink instead. The book covers FLOWERS & HIPS (elderflowers, dandelions and wild roses); LEAVES (wild garlic, wild sorrel, nettles, samphire, dandelions).BERRIES (wild strawberries, blackberries, wild raspberries, bilberries,elderberries, rowan berries, berry mixtures); FRUIT WITH STONES (wild cherries, wild plums and damsons, sloes); FRUIT WITH PIPS (crab apples, quinces, medlars); and NUTS (hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts) This is a really practical book covering 100 recipes, both sweet and savoury, as well as tips on gathering, seasonal guidance and the law and commonsense.
  • AOIZE
    Matt Graham
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    Early on in his life, Matt craved a return to nature. When he became an adult, he took the plunge to set aside his comfortable urban life and live entirely off the land to learn from the smallest and grandest of all things. In his riveting narrative that brings together epic adventure and spiritual quest, he shows us what extraordinary things the human body is capable of doing when pushed to its limits. Epic Survival, written with Josh Young, co-author of five New York Times best sellers, will relay the captivating stories from Matt's life. He will describe his time learning the secrets of running from the Tarahumara Indians that led to him running the 1,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail in just 58 days and enduring temperature swings of 100 degrees. He will take us with him as he treks into the wilderness to live alone for a half a year, armed with nothing but a loin cloth, a pair of sandals, a stone knife and chia seeds. He'll recount near-death experiences as he hikes alone through the snow drifts at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and tell us about the time he entered a three-day horse race on foot -- and finished third. Above all, Epic Survival is a book about growing closer to the land that nurtures us. No matter how far our modern society takes us from the wilderness, the call remains. Matt's story will be both inspiration and invigoration, teaching even the most urbane among us important and breath-taking lessons.
  • ARYMX
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    With a flood of research showing the dangers of chemicals and toxins in most skin care products, cleaners and food items, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home shows readers how to make toxic-free homemade products they can trust. This book serves as a complete resource for readers' green living habits. Readers get a huge variety of projects, including natural skin care products like Dandelion Hand Cream, bath and beauty products like Basil Mint Herbal Bath Bomb and Calendula Rose Face Toner, soaps like Rosemary Nettle Shampoo Bar or Men's Shaving Soap, home products like Lavender Fabric Softener and Thyme Disinfecting Spray, health remedies like Herbal Cough Drops, and pet products like Herbal Flea Powder. The book will include over 100 projects divided by category-25 projects in skin care, 25 in bath, 15 in beauty, 10 in soaps, 10 in home, 15 in health and 10 in pets. Our book will stand out from others on the market because each project uses real herbs, flowers and other plants, instead of essential oils or manufactured solutions. This makes the projects more affordable and effective. Jan Berry lives on a farm and shares her recipes and projects on her blog, the Nerdy Farm Wife. The blog has an active fan base, and this is the book her readers have been asking for. Readers are going to love this book's easy guides and step-by-step projects for going green in every part of their lives.
  • APIWE
    Kate Blincoe
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    Nature needs children and children need nature. This book will help your family open your doors to the outside and become truly freerange animals. You'll live a greener lifestyle and your children will learn to enjoy, appreciate and care for the world around them. This beautiful book will inspire you to explore nature whether that's: * foraging for dinner * learning party tricks with plants * or making eco-decisions around the home It's all about having fun together, however exhausted, time-pressured or stressed you are! For parents of zero to ten year olds, this is a humorous and light-hearted look at all things green and nature inspired. It's not about being perfect; it's about giving it a try and feeling the benefits for your family.
  • AGHMF
    Paul Scheckel
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    Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical solutions for adapting solar, wind, wood gasification, biogas, and micro hydro power systems for home use. Step-by-step instructions show you how to build a wood gasifier, a solar heat collector, a bicycle-powered generator, and other energy-saving equipment; make your own transportation fuels, including ethanol, wood gas methanol, and biodiesel; convert kitchen compost into renewable natural gas; and more. Whether you want to live completely off the grid or just save some money on your fuel bills, this guide has the knowledge and skills you need.
  • ANPGI
    Simon Dawson
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    Following a drunken misunderstanding Simon Dawson gave up his job in the city, moved to the wilds of Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder with an array of animals. But that was years ago now. Following up on his first book, PIGS IN CLOVER, this is the story of what happens when he suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He's not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older. With a cast of best friends (some more helpful than others) including Ziggy, a panicked soon-to-be father desperate to grow up, Garth, an annoying teenager, and a rather handsome pig called The General, a plan is hatched to help each other mature (or immature). Heartfelt discoveries and hilarious endeavours ensue as they work through their age-related angsts, all with a fair dose of pigs, chickens, lambs and animal madness along the way. This is Exmoor's uplifting laugh-out-loud antidote to middle age in the mud; a place where you truly realise that the sty's the limit!
  • ALUYY
    Graham Burnett
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    This title contains plenty of delicious, healthy and wholesome exploitation-free recipes. It provides solution-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health. It discusses eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing and community regeneration. Graham Burnett demonstrates how understanding universal patterns and principles, and applying these to our own gardens and lives, can make a very real difference to both our personal lives and the health of our planet. Interspersed with an abundance of delicious, healthy and wholesome exploitation-free recipes, Graham provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reafforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature and community regeneration with plenty of practical ways to be well fed with not an animal dead!