5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Useful overview and guide,
This review is from: Downshift to the good life (52 Brilliant Ideas) (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book when we moved out to the country from suburbia. I found myself with 2 acres of windswept land with nothing on it (other than the house) and not knowing where to start. This book was great for guidance. There are 52 chapters each covering a different area, which of course means it does not tell you everything about every topic but gave a really good overview of the whole area along with some very useful and practical ideas. It was great for someone like me who wanted to embrace a self sufficiency lifestyle but felt a bit daunted by the prospect. Now - 4 years later I have 3 ewes, have had 4 years of lambs, a beehive, various chickens and ducks, a large veg and fruit patch and the beginnings of a forest garden.
It's not just about the outdoors stuff either, lots of helpful ideas for how to actually decrease your monthly budget.....something we all need these days. My life is so very different (better) to how it was in suburbia and my priorities in life just feel better. This book helped greatly in that process.
I disagree with the reviewer who says this is a "Country Living Style" idyll. If it had been I wouldn't have got past the first chapter.