Dick Strawbridge

Teoksen Self-sufficiency for the 21st century tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Practical Self Sufficiency (2010) 79 kappaletta
Made at Home: Vegetables (2012) 20 kappaletta
A Year at the Chateau (2020) 20 kappaletta
A Year at the Chateau (2020) 12 kappaletta
Cheese and Dairy (Made at Home) (2013) 9 kappaletta
Made at Home Breads (2013) 6 kappaletta
The Chateau - Forever Home (2023) 5 kappaletta

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I am a fan of the show which made me eager to read A Year at the Chateau by Dick and Angel Strawbridge. The author’s write the way they speak. Angel is enthusiastic while Dick is more reserved. You can tell that they both love their family and their chateau. I like their easy-going writing style. I enjoyed reading how the Strawbridge’s found their property and the beginning of their repairs. They are a hardworking pair with creative ideas. While Dick can do the manual bits and come up with clever ways to make items (or engineer gizmos), Angel is the idea person. She is also the creative one. Their love for one another is quite apparent. I thought the book was a good supplement to the show. It gives readers a more in-depth look at their projects. They provide facts about France and how living in France differs from England. You can tell the Strawbridge’s love food. Their vivid descriptions are mouthwatering. I love that they included their wedding in the book as well as Christmas. I cannot imagine taking on such a massive remodeling project with two small children. We get a sense of Dick and Angel as well as their personalities. There are some repetitive details (a result of the dual points-of-view) and some of the renovation details were a bit dry (the only two negatives). Overall, I enjoyed A Year at the Chateau. I like the humor scattered throughout the story. I love a book that makes me laugh (and after the last couple of years, we need more humor in our lives). A Year at the Chateau is a delight with a crumbling chateau, a creative vision, mouthwatering morsels, curious children, generous relatives, jubilant nuptials, and a cheery Christmas.… (lisätietoja)
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Kris_Anderson | 1 muu arvostelu | May 14, 2023 |
I love the series, so I loved the book.
It took a bit to get the hang of how Dick and Angel switch POVs back and forth.
It has color pictures, illustrations at the chapter headings, and recipes.
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nx74defiant | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 30, 2022 |
There is little about renovating the chateau, and tons of repetitive chatting and wedding preparations. Read this book if you really want to know about their wedding invitations and the vintage napkins they set out.

> Soon after, we discovered that, in our part of France at least, you don’t pay to park over lunchtime. Why would you? Everyone civilized is having a two-hour lunch break so there would be no traffic wardens.

> We were getting married in two weeks, all our family and friends were coming to see us in our new home and we were entertaining a couple of hundred people in a château that hadn’t had running water or electricity eight months earlier.

> the only way to seat eighty people in the orangery was to have five tables, each of sixteen, equally spaced. There was just enough room for service and everyone had sufficient space to be comfortable. Each table was overflowing with vintage "stuff" and flowers. I had used all my favorite props that had been with me ever since I started the Vintage Patisserie. All the tables had vintage games and memorabilia that dated back to before the Second World War and each place setting had vintage china, cutlery and a vintage French napkin. To me, it looked wonderful.
… (lisätietoja)
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breic | Jan 30, 2022 |
Is there anything this book leaves out? “Comprehensive” is a great way to describe it. Animal management, recipes for home made “champers”, basket weaving, electronic diagrams, plant guides... it’s all there. Great illustrations throughout, and some terrific ideas.
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Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |

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