Friday, November 12, 2010

victorian farm

I want to buy the reader who told me about this on Youtube a drink. I am loving Victorian Farm, a BBC original series about three people living on a small turn-of-the-century farm in the English countryside. There's so much education here, and everything from day-to-day living to how to tell if a sheep is pregnant tips. I'm watching all 36 episodes, with gusto.


Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I have this on DVD and LOVE it. For my birthday this year we visited Acton Scott, where this was filmed. A great day out. Watch out for the Edwardian Farm which is on UK tv NOW (just started), filmed at Morwellham Quay, on the Devon/Cornwall border.

November 12, 2010 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Thanks, Jenna! Now I owe you a drink.

November 12, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Drew Shiel said...

Victorian Farm is one of my favourite pieces of TV ever. The current show - Edwardian Farm - is also shaping up to be excellent.

I'm really looking forward to the winter episodes of the Edwardian Farm, actually; they were there over one of the coldest winters in the British Isles in about 40 years. Seeing how they dealt with heating, stock issues, and so on is going to be really interesting.

November 12, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Are these videos the only way to see this? I have watched the first 2 and they are just fascinating and I want to see all of them now. I cannot imagine plowing an acre of land and walking 11 miles. I know he was probably sore for weeks after that workout.

So how do I get these if they are on DVD?

November 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Bonniejean said...

Thank you so much for sharing. It's awesome!

November 12, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Little Terraced House said...

There is another dvd which predates Victorian farm, and has the same historians in, its called Tales form the Green Valley. Its set in the 16C and is filmed at a secret location near to Wales which is being restored exactly as is seen on the dvd's.

I also have on DVD (from the US) the Pioneer House which was shown on Discovery over here (UK) some years ago - very similar format to the Colonial House - volunteers go back in time to live as they did then. One of the fellas was so taken with the way of life, that at the end of the show, he found it almost impossible to go back to modern life and satyed pretty much where they had filmed I believe and chose to carry on living that lifestyle.

November 12, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger thelynns said...

Hi Jenna,

I posted the Victorian Farm comment.

Wanted to thank you for what you have given us. Found your book, Made from Scratch, in our local library. Love it. We live on around four acres and keep chickens and ducks, but some day would love to get sheep or goats too.

I am a history buff and have always been attracted to this kind reenactment. We love going to "Living Farms" and seeing how people lived before modern technology. So much great knowledge that could slip away, if it isn't preserved.

Ok, reason for this post is to let you know about Google books. The two gentlemen use the "The Book of the Farm" as their Bible on Victorian Farm. There are a few revision available for download in PDF format. Also the bee book that was given as a gift is there also. I have downloaded them and other vintage farm books, mostly dealing with poultry and ducks, but a lot about farming in general. Most are from late 1800's and early 1900 century.

Alex Langlands also has a reprinted version of The Book of the Farm for sale on Amazon.

The Lynns

November 12, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

It's an awesome show - we loved it too!

November 12, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
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November 12, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

I dont seem to be able to find a us version of this series. I am seriously considering buying a multiregion dvd player for this.

November 12, 2010 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

I am friends with Peter's sister and we were lucky enough to go and visit the Acton estate after they finished filiming the Christmas special. The knowledge they have is fantastic!

The Edwardian Farm has just started showing on BBC (catch it on the iPlayer),

November 12, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

Drat! No U.S. DVD's and I do not have a multi region dvd player. Guess I know what is going on my X-mas list. I soooooo want to devote an entire weekend to this series....with lot's of mulled cider in hand.

November 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Jen ( said...


This is amazing! Thank you so much for pointing out this resource. I've credited you with the discovery, but am highlighting a bunch of the various videos available from this youtuber since we are secular homeschoolers and most of the videos up there are just amazing for that purpose!

Thank you again!

November 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger E said...

You might also like Tales from the Green Valley (

Down on the Farm - 1620’s style

November 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Can you get all of it on youtube? I saw the Christmas episode last week for the first time and I was hooked!

November 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger jen said...

Great! As if I don't spend enough time on the computer...I've already watched 6 episodes and I'm hooked!!

November 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Sylvie said...

I love the show too. It's the 4th time of re-runs for me! You can order The Victorian Farm book from Amazon.

November 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

This looks great. We have a region 2 player (many PCs will let you play region 2 discs for a limited time) so I ordered the boxed set of Tales and Victorian Farm from

Thanks for sharing!

November 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy crap, thanks for sharing! I LOVE these shows.

November 12, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger granny said...

Hey Jenna,
I have both Victorian Farm and Tales from the Green Valley on dvd..and I have watched them a Ka-zillion times !! They are just amazing programs.
Both series are worth buying if you get a chance.
I am in Australia..and had to do alot of searching to find them 'region 4' but so worth the effort :0)

November 12, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Count me in on that one too- I just spent most of yesterday afternoon, evening, and much of this morning watching. There was so much good information in it, I'm going to watch the whole thing again and take notes.

I was thinking of you last night Jenna when they were birthing the lambs. Lots of instruction there!

November 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

oh it's like pioneer house which i absolutely loved. thanks jenna! can't wait to watch it all!!!!!

November 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to buy you a drink! Thanks for sharing.

November 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...


November 12, 2010 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love this! My husband and I are watching episode after episode and soaking in all the knowledge.

November 12, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Artful Gathering said...

So interesting. Thanks for sharing.

November 12, 2010 at 8:33 PM  
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November 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Sylvie said...

You know Jenna, there is another show you would enjoy if you can get it. It's another reality year long show called The Outback house. It's a group of people in a family situation living in turn of the century Australia raising sheep. I missed the very last episode when they were packing the wool to take to market. I would love to see it again myself.

November 12, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Future Farmer said...

This series is fantastic, and only makes my barnheart worse.
I started a blog, where I describe my yearning to farm.

November 12, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

Oooh! thanks for posting that. I love those shows and thought I had seen them all. Brilliant! I can't wait to delve into these!

November 12, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG Jenna, you have to check these guys out.

November 12, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger HotFlashHomestead said...

What a great series. I started watching this afternoon and I'm now up to the 14th installment on YouTube.

November 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Cat Eye Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing! With some knitting in hand, I know what I'm doing tonight.

November 13, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

I don't know whether to thank you for posting this or not. I stayed up way too late last night watching it and am now watching it while I eat lunch. Definitely a time sink, but time well spent.

I liked 1900 House and Outback House, but I'm enjoying this even more. I like the approach of putting historians in the show rather than "ordinary modern people". The other shows seemed to have too much conflict between the people and the situation, but this is fun just to watch how excited the participants are to be there despite the hardships.

Okay, I guess thanks are in order.

November 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I have gotten nothing done today because of this.

November 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I am loving this!! I'm seriously considering pulling the big comfy chair in front of the computer because this plain wooden one is getting hard and I'm only 7 episodes in!

November 13, 2010 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I loved ben's comment.

I set up my iMac in the living room, and set these things to full screen and plowed through 10 in a row, then set up the computer in the kitchen to watch the rest while I bottled beer!

November 13, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Thanks Jenna this is awesome.

November 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger adajane said...

Have you seen Frontier House yet? That's fascinating too. Though the rich folk on the show are a bit irritating. I loved the newlyweds. They were very sweet. They were the romantic side of that era in America.

November 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Lovely! I'm 2/3 of the way through and will have to share this with my friends! It's excellent!

November 14, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Jenna--I went to youtube to see the 10 minute segments, but could not find how to buy the DVDs on BBC. Can you help me find it--I'm probably the only one who has had this problem, so don't you guys laugh at me. :-) Mimi

November 15, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Rene said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I watched all of it nearly in one go. I even shared it with my boyfriend in hopes of maybe sparking some of my fervor for self sufficient living in him. We've both got several years of college left for me to win him over, though.

November 15, 2010 at 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oo! Apparently it was so popular in UK that BBC made a 3-part followup called Victorian Christmas - it aired last year. Anyone dig up ways to watch it online??

November 16, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI We bought a second DVD player for our multimedia pc that runs ubuntu linux and set the new dvd player to play PALS. This way we can watch PALS dvd's in the U.S.,there is software for MS that lefts you do the same thing but it can brick it so beware.

November 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Late to the party but if you liked these you will also love "Victorian Kitchen Garden"

November 21, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

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