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Outlander Adventures M C, Author at Outlander Adventures - Page 2 of 7 Outlander Adventures: Experiencing the 18th Century
18th Century Solutions:  Waterproofing Boots

18th Century Solutions: Waterproofing Boots

These are my winter boots. They were new last year, pardon the grubby appearance, I wear them as barn boots. This is not something the manufacturer likely would approve of.  My little boots are from a Swedish company and are called Icebug  Their claim to fame, and why I love them, is they have carbon steel studs
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18th Century Economics: Morality and Perversity

18th Century Economics: Morality and Perversity

Over 15 million people have viewed the info graphic by  Michael Norton and Dan Ariely, professors of the business schools of Harvard and Duke, titled Wealth Inequality in America.  If you’re not one of them.. here ’tis: If you’re looking for someone to blame for this don’t blame Adam Smith. Famous for his Wealth of Nations published
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18th Century Toys for Time Travelers

18th Century Toys for Time Travelers

In an age of radio controlled helicopters, bears that read, and, of course, the necessary cell phone loaded with amusements, it’s a surprise to realize how many 18th century toys still engage us, and our children. The action figure (really), puzzles, tops, marbles, pickup sticks, rocking horses, dolls, jump ropes, and the bilboquet, all are toys carried forward
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Quakers Reflections: the sustainability of selfishness

Quakers Reflections: the sustainability of selfishness

In the blog Among Friends, written by Quakers, John Edminster attributes global warming, or climate change, to selfishness.  And he certainly has a point.. most of us are, at some level, selfish.  “Power-rich or power-poor, He declares, we all combine to maintain this scapegoating Me-first and Us-first culture out of which arises this selfish ravaging of the earth..” Unfortunately he
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An 18th Century Gardens ‘scape

An 18th Century Gardens ‘scape

Yet another adventure we can blame on Outlander.. this time we find ourselves in the 18th century garden armed with.. garlic. At Castle Leoch Claire, having landed unceremoniously in the 18th century, finds herself put to work in the garden planting garlic.  Garlic is one allium, or member of the onion family, I haven’t tried growing in my
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Color Coded Seed Packet Key

Color Coded Seed Packet Key

MOBY is Coming! And obviously a certain amount of celebration needs to take place, right? To celebrate I am carrying “business cards” of seed packets.  I researched these varieties carefully so they would be as authentic as possible to the experience of a late 18th century American kitchen garden, and these varieties are compatible with small spaces,
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Poop, Piles, and Parasites: Outlander and Outhouses

Poop, Piles, and Parasites: Outlander and Outhouses

There’s only one time a year when people lock their cars in Vermont… when the zucchini  come in.  Zucchini are notorious for growing from the sensible size of interesting man bits into something more befitting  a waterhorse in an hour.  Jack had his magic beans, Vermont has zucchini.  You can ruin friendships, to say nothing of
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18th Century Pocket Soup and other portable comestibles

18th Century Pocket Soup and other portable comestibles

The whole world is counting down the days to the release of Diana’s latest in the Outlander series: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood and I’m among the lucky ones who have a ticket to the book’s launch in Seattle.  Which means I’ll be journeying from Vermont clear across the country to Seattle. A perfectly mind-boggling distance,
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Packing for MOBY Seattle: what to wear, what to wear..

“A man,” wrote Henry David Thoreau “who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do, that has lain dusty in the garret for an indeterminate period.”  This is, I believe, sound advice right up until you pull the
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Quakers and Jury Duty

Quakers and Jury Duty

The yellow postcard from the Jury Administration Office calling me to serve is faced with the State of Vermont’s court seal, a crudely rendered seated woman holding a staff and a set of scales topping the motto Lex Regnet Fi At Justitia. Which I translated, after discovering “Fi At” is actually “Fiat,” through google’s translator
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