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Home Dairying Book
Home Dairying Book

5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent small guide for those who want to make dairy ..., 18 Feb. 2016
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This is an excellent small guide for those who want to make dairy products in their own kitchen for their own use. It covers choosing and keeping a dairy animal as well as instructions and recipes for cream, ice cream, butter, yoghurt and cheese making. The cheese making recipes are traditional and very varied, and contain intriguing and useful tips that you don't find in more modern books with a more scientific treatment of the subject. This is not the book for you if you are planning to sell your products.

I had a copy of this book many years ago, but gave it away when I stopped eating dairy products. But since I've found that it is possible to adapt traditional recipes for use with soya milk, I was glad to find another copy. There are plenty of ideas to get you experimenting here!


300g Jar of African Black Soap , Handmade with Just Pure Shea Butter, Coconut Oil & Cocoa Ash - No Detergents, Parabens, SLS! Suitable for Sensitive Skins (not the face)
300g Jar of African Black Soap , Handmade with Just Pure Shea Butter, Coconut Oil & Cocoa Ash - No Detergents, Parabens, SLS! Suitable for Sensitive Skins (not the face)
Offered by SheaByNature Natural Handmade Skincare
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It is ideal for polishing the skin and keeping it in good condition. I suffer from eczema, 18 Feb. 2016
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I've used this product as a bar before, but the jar makes it less messy! I prefer this brand to the others because the ingredients are few and clearly stated - you know just what you are getting. It is ideal for polishing the skin and keeping it in good condition. I suffer from eczema, and have never had any irritation after using this product - but I don't use it every day. About once a week is about right for my skin.


H7 White Framed Chalkboard 20"x16"
H7 White Framed Chalkboard 20"x16"

5.0 out of 5 stars Stick chalk wipes off easily. The white frame looks much neater than the ..., 7 Dec. 2015
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This is a lightweight board, and so can be fixed up single handed, unlike heavier boards. Stick chalk wipes off easily. The white frame looks much neater than the usual pine. All in all a good buy.


SheaLite Natural and Organic Unrefined Shea Butter 100 g
SheaLite Natural and Organic Unrefined Shea Butter 100 g
Offered by Penniwise
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I have bought unrefined Shea Butter from other companies, ..., 16 Nov. 2015
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I have bought unrefined Shea Butter from other companies, but this one is the rawest of the raw! I'll definitely be coming back to buy more.


The Scots Kitchen: Its Traditions and Lore with Old-time Recipes (Mercat classics)
The Scots Kitchen: Its Traditions and Lore with Old-time Recipes (Mercat classics)
by F.Marian McNeill
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars dairying and oatmeal are particularly good. The historical introduction is full of interest, 21 April 2015
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This is a classic book on Scottish cooking, filled with authentic recipes. The sections on baking, dairying and oatmeal are particularly good. The historical introduction is full of interest, with some ghaidlig graces and such like which are very appealing. If you live in Scotland, or are keen on Scottish cooking, this is the one book you must have. I cannot recommend it too highly.


Golden Boy
Golden Boy
by Michael Nava
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 5 Oct. 2014
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This was a disappointing read, especially as Michael Nava has been praised by critics. Perhaps the series improves?


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5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Drawing, 28 July 2011
Another quality reproduction from 1art1 GmbH of a master drawing from Il Divino. It's a soaring male nude, perhaps a study for the lost painting, "the battle of Cascina", or perhaps a muscular angel achieving lift off? I've hung it over my computer so that I can look up at it when things get arid, and let my imagination wander in Michelangelo-land!


Someone Was Here: Profiles in the AIDS Epidemic
Someone Was Here: Profiles in the AIDS Epidemic
by George Whitmore
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Health, Dignity, Compassion, 28 July 2011
George Whitmore began this work on "the human cost of AIDS" in 1985. By 1986 he was diagnosed HIV+, and by 1989 he was dead, just 1 year after the book's publication. His experience deepens the poignancy of the book. "I'm afraid to finish the book", he writes, "what will happen next?"

The book is in three sections. One deals with a South Bronx hospital, where many of the patients have become infected through needle sharing; where very young children, infected in the womb, die alone, orphaned through the death of both parents. Another tells the story of an estranged mother and son who come together again only when the son is dying of AIDS. The third, and most coherent, focusses on the relationship of Jim, a young, career-oriented advertising executive, and his counsellor Edward, whose lover had died of AIDS and who will himself die within the year. That their story is told by a writer who will himself die shortly makes this section the most moving.

Those of us who remember the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic will recognise the ignorance and confusion of sufferers, health professionals and the general public, when no-one knew what was safe. For others, it will be a glimpse of history, of human compassion and human cruelty. Sadly, the quality of the writing does not do justice to this highly-charged subject: read it primarily as a historical document.


The Lord Won't Mind (Peter & Charlie series)
The Lord Won't Mind (Peter & Charlie series)
by Gordon Merrick
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming possession, 3 May 2011
Charlie (young, blonde, beautiful and XVWE) meets Peter (ditto, if not quite so VWE) and they enjoy a summer of love together in the country home of Charlie's grandmother, the mysterious and disturbing ex-southern belle, CB. But when they move to NY to share an apartment, the pressures of work, study, and the conventions, take their toll. So - Charlie makes a disasterous marriage, leaving the distraught Peter to immerse himself in NY gay life (1939 vintage), with cultured pianist Hughie, wealthy daddy Walter, and hunky lawyer Tim ... . Interestingly, it's the confident and experienced Charlie who is insecure about his sexuality, while the younger, naive, and immensely more appealing Peter knows exactly who he is.

All ends happily in the closing pages, but despite the blurb on the back, I found this disappointing as a romantic novel. It lacks the idealism, poetic expression, and sheer, glorious, wish-fulfilment fantasy I would expect. But it's OK if you don't need your romance to be quite so OTT!

What really spoilt this novel for me was Charlie's misogyny, described in quite jaw-dropping terms (of the "women deserve to be raped" variety). Granted both his wife Harriet, and the country club tease Betty, are totally unsympathetic characters, but this is not the point. Skip these scenes if you're squeamish.

Otherwise, enjoy the book as an early (1970) story of love between men, with some passionate, explicit sex scenes. But Charlie is a cad (!) and Peter deserves better.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Knitting Guide, 4 April 2011
I've owned a copy of Catherine Franks' "Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Needlecraft" for many years, so couldn't resist buying her companion volume. It's full of helpful hints, some valuable to beginners,others offering advice to the more expert which I've not found in more recent books. For instance, there are intriguing discussions on - different side edges for flat knitting; ribbing to give a vertical stretch; and "tailored knitting" - that is, shaping by changing needle size rather than by increasing/decreasing (which are also treated at length). This apparently gives allover shaping rather than shaping only at the edges.

The main strength of the book lies in its comprehensive treatment of altering knitting patterns, designing your own patterns and charts, knitting direct from sewing patterns, and designing knitted fabrics. Franks certainly delivers on her promise in the introduction, that the book gives knitters all the information they need "to develop their own ideas or experiment with unusual methods." A weakness is the brief attention given to Fair Isle and Aran knitting and to knitting in the round (apart from sock knitting). Also, to my mind, the pages on crochet could've been better used from more information specifically about knitting.

The book contains 30s vintage knitting patterns caracterised by skimpy styles and small sizes. Men's sweaters are given for 38" chest. Some patterns are quite hilarious. Somehow I don't think I'll be knitting woolly combinations or liberty bodices.

Vintage knitting fans will love this book, but it's also a fascinating read for any knitter with an experimental turn of mind.


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