Thrifter’s birthday was a month or so ago, but blogging today because these two just arrived as gifts in the post, a little belated as as they were coming across from the States. Well worth the wait though, and so a big thank you for my good friend Taster who clearly knows me well.
‘The children who lived in a barn’ is a whimsical, but often harsh children’s tale of five children whose parents go missing, and they are forced to camp out in a kindly (stereotypically ruddy-faced) farmer’s barn till their parents return. It isn’t all ginger beer and sandwiches as Enid Blyton would have us believe. Oh no, these children get accused of theft and ‘sluttish’ (in the original sense of the word) behaviour. Written in 1938, it really marks a time when rules seemed illogical, where it was perfectly normally for primary age children to be home alone without running water or hot food for weeks on end, but heavens forbid they turned up to church in a dirty pinny.
‘How to build a log cabin’, is a 1939 DIY bible for the backwoodsman. With the author’s own experience of living and constructing an authentic pioneer cabin, furnished with not only the ‘forefathers’ necessities but also Native American skilled craft furniture, and all delivered with a lot more practicality and a little less poetry than Walden. With some ingenuity (probably referenced on p35 for practical timber haulage) I had to prise this book out of Digger’s hands when he spotted it, and may need to take further action before long and lock the tool shed so he can’t get out and be tinkering away just yet.
The link between the two of course, is our desire to, before too long, pack up our troubles in our kit bag (p124). We don’t know yet if that adventure will see us in a barn or a log cabin, but at least we have the reading matter to hand, so we’ll be able to smile, smile, smile.