15 thoughts on “Victorian Farm Episode I”

  1. I love this, what a lovely documentary. It makes me think of the history of my own country, Sweden, and how hard people have worked for us to have what we have today. In the U.K., I do believe you have rather good soil, whereas in Sweden a lot of it is awful, dry, rocky and sour soil where pines and fir trees grow but not much else. Potatoes were our saviour in Victorian times.

  2. Another lie on modern wheat. Modern wheat is short because tall wheat has a tendency to fall over, lodging, which ruins the wheat. Modern wheat uses the energy to grow thicker, sturdier, and shorter stalks that the old variety used to grow thinner and taller stalks.

  3. I've watched all 4 series over and over. Love 'em. Only the ones with this triumvirate though. Ruth, Peter & Alex are the heart of it. I'm From Nfld, one of England's oldest colonies. The similarities are heartwarming (and back-breaking). LOL I try to encourage my 2 Children to watch some but, alas, they are the new generation. It was fun for me tho.

  4. What? Just leave the crops to grow? I don't think that's right.. I'm sure there are maintenance works to be done through the year, like fertilizers, pesticide and stuff

  5. What is the year they are recreating? It appears to late Victorian, but it is hard to say. There is also a possibility of mid Victorian, about 1870. There were so many differences between the decades of the Victorian era, this show just seems too jumbled and you can't get a cohesive picture.

  6. Thank for uploading this. I love these treks back into a different era, and seeing how my forebears did things

  7. Ordinary people like me, when we see these dilapidated buildings we go "Ugh, look at its condition!" But these historians when they said "fantastic!", "lovely!", they really meant it. And that is infectious, making one look at things differently.

  8. In case anyone is interested … the "Book of the Farm" is available for download on the internet. More than 1000 pages including drawings …

  9. A big part of the plough being awful is the "wrong height", because the farmer has to bend forward all the time … and that creates back pain. The same is true in kitchens nowadays, where washing the dishes in a kitchen sink forces you to bend forward. Thats how I experience it … in my limited kitchen.

    Oh and I have just collected some coal for my winter heating today …

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