As well as reading through my book collection for inspiration I've been using these cold wet days of Winter as an excuse to watch some of my Dvd collection.
Yesterday I gathered together all the titles that I think will be of use to us this year in a practical as well as entertaining way. How Beatrix Potter fits into this I'm not sure ... but the stories are lovely to watch, and Mr McGregor does have a veggie patch I admire ;-)
We've just finished watching the Coal House at War boxed set, after thoroughly enjoying the first in the series which was 'Coal House' set even further back in time in 1927. Both were set in the same cottages at a mining museum in Blaenavon, South Wales. Coal House at War follows three families going back in time to the war years, sees them take in evacuees, accept the arrival of Bevin boys to one of the cottages and is absolutely riveting to watch, and with each episode just 30 minutes long this sort of dvd is perfect to watch at lunchtime while we have our soup.
I also have other Dvds which I think just make for very good watching including The Lark Rise to Candleford boxed set and Ethel and Ernest with is totally atmospheric. Housewife 49 is a wonderful story based on the Mass Observations diary of Nella Last from Barrow in Furness, somewhere I lived for a number of years.
For vegetable growing, storing and preserving inspiration I have the River Cottage collection of Dvds built up over the years as they have been released.
And the Jamie at Home Dvds which are based on cooking from the vegetables in your garden.
And a final little group that I was reminded I had by Sue over at The Cottage at the End of the Lane
So I have lots to read, lots to watch and hopefully because of that lots of inspiration to keep me on the straight and narrow over the course of the year.