DK Practical self-sufficiency the complete guide to sustainable living today自给自足可持续完整生活指南
We are lucky enough to be living full lives that have given us enough time to appreciate nature, where our food comes from, and the technology supporting a 21st century lifestyle.
We have always had an interest in self-sufficiency. Some of Dick’s earliest memories are of helping his father in the garden, or collecting mushrooms with his mother; quality time that produced the tasty vegetables he remembers from his childhood.
While James has always been involved with nature, going for walks, collecting berries, or digging over the gardens of the many houses we’ve lived in. Now we both write, work in television, and run businesses to pay the bills.
而詹姆斯则一直与大自然打交道，散步，收集浆果，或在我们居住过的许多房子的花园里挖掘。现在，我们都在写作，在电视台工作，并经营企业来支付账单。 For years we lived on a smallholding in a beautiful part of Cornwall, nestled in our own valley and half a mile from the sea.
Our move to Newhouse Farm was documented in three BBC television series of It’s Not Easy Being Green, but it was not inspired by television;
it was a family decision that was the culmination of years of experimenting and dreaming about the good life.
这是一个家庭的决定，是多年来对美好生活的试验和梦想的顶峰。 Life moves on and you cannot write the script, instead you make decisions that take you on the journey.
We must be doing something right as James is by the sea in Cornwall, loving nature and its bounty, and Dick is in a ‘castle’ in France,
where, as well as acres of beautiful parkland, he has orchards, nut groves, and a walled garden which is now abundant all year round.
在那里，除了几英亩美丽的公园外，他还拥有果园、坚果林和一个围墙花园，现在全年都很丰富。 This book is aimed at everyone who has a desire to be a bit more self-sufficient or to live life more sustainably. There is absolutely no reason not to start today.
It doesn’t matter where you are living you can reduce your energy bills, make cheese in any kitchen, grow herbs and tomatoes on any windowsill, and learn more about sustainable living and apply it to your current situation. This book is a collection of the information that we have been amassing for years.
We don’t expect you to jump in and do it all at once, but no matter what stage in your life you are at, we are sure there will be something in here for you. Don’t forget to have fun – if you are not smiling you are doing it wrong!
我们不希望你一下子就投入其中，但无论你处于人生的哪个阶段，我们都相信这里会有适合你的东西。别忘了玩得开心——如果你不笑，那就是做错了！ SAFETY WARNINGS While we want you to feel empowered to try many of the things included in this book, we don’t want you to take risks, cut corners, or get out of your depth.
We use a wide range of sharp implements and power tools in our projects. Make sure you familiarize yourself with them at the outset and feel competent to use them before you start work. Also read through the advice and cautions included here.
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