How herbalism works

Most modern herbalists reject the mysticism, astrological connections and ideas such as the doctrine of signatures, that early practitioners often attached to their remedies. Herbalism aims to strengthen the body’s ability to resist disease and to make its own recovery, rather than to destroy the cause of the illness. Remedies are chosen according to the … Read more

SHARPENING AND ADJUSTING

SHARPENING is done on a very fine- grained stone, first wiped quite clean and given a few drops of thin oil. The strokes should be short, until skill is attained, and care be taken not to alter the angle between cutter and stone, and thereby produce a rounded, instead of a flat, bevel. Adjusting the … Read more

Lawn Mowers

Once your new grass – whether grown from seed or turf – has reached a height of 5 cm (2 in) it can be cut lightly with a mower to reduce it to 2.5 cm (1 in). This first cut should be made when the grass is perfectly dry, and the clippings should be collected … Read more

Cutting Glass

Glass is cut with either a diamond or a tiny sharp-edged and very hard steel wheel. The diamond is undoubtedly the finer tool, especially for thick glass. But a glaziers diamond costs a pound or more, whereas a first-class steel-wheel cutter can be bought for a shilling or eighteenpence, including a few spare wheels. In … Read more

Putting a Battery out of Commission

If for any reason a battery is to lie idle for a prolonged period and recharging is not possible, it must be dealt with as follows: First, it is charged until the plates hava their normal colour; and then charged again after rests of an hour, until gassing begins as soon as charging begins. Second, … Read more

LAMP FITTINGS

LAMPS are held in holders designed either to be suspended on the end of flexible conductors or to be screwed to bho ceiling or a rigid fitting. A holder consists of a brass casing in two parts, held together by a screwed collar and an internal porcelain base. The base includes two projecting spring terminals, … Read more

IDENTIFYING FUSES

IT is important to know which lamps are suppliel through any particular pair of fuses. If the information is not already given on the fuse-box, and the fuses are not even numbered, the following course is advised. First, make sure that there is a lamp in every holder in the house, or at least one … Read more

ELECTRIC LIGHT IN THE HOME

LIGHTING current is brought into a house by two conductors connected with the street mains . Immediately after entering, the conductors are connected to a pair of fuses controlled by the company. Beyond this they run (one has to traverse the companys meter on the way) to a double-pole main switch, the opening of which … Read more

Bed-head Clamp for Electric Lamp

Plane up a piece of wood 12 inches long, 3 inches wide and -J-inch thick. Round off the four corners, and divide it into two parts by sawing it squarely through along a line 5 inches from one end. The longer piece forms the front, which will be turned towards the bed; the shorter, the … Read more

CLEANING AND POLISHING

Easy Ways of Doing Difficult Tasks Baking-tins. Fill with fine coal-ashes and warm water, and well shake. Rinse in cold water. If greasy, fill with a strong solution of soap powder, leave for twenty-four hours, and then rinse well. Bamboo Furniture. Clean with a small brush dipped in salt-and-water. Baths. Adherent dirt is readily removed … Read more

When Breakfast is Finished

The order of work after breakfast varies in every household, so no hard and fast rules can be set. If the maid finishes the meal before the family she will probably 6tart to wash her own things and the early morning crockery. She must not make herself dirty, as she may be needed in the … Read more

LAMPS IN THE SCHEME OF DECORATION

A Guide to the proper Lighting of each Room in a House YOU cannot create a successful scheme of decoration and then add the lamps as an afterthought. For the scheme is not complete without its lamps and their shades, and if they are added afterwards the chances are they may spoil your room or … Read more

DECORATION AND DECORATIVE MATERIALS

ONE of the great advantages of autumn decoration is that it makes possible cheerful rooms at a time when they are needed most. Some will be decorating rooms for the first time – rooms perhaps in new homes that have never yet seen the paperhangers roller or the painters brush. Others will be redecorating old … Read more

WINTER CURTAINS AND COVERS

THE last days of summer are generally a good time to take stock of the minor adjustments which will be necessary about the house before winter sets in. We have, besides, most probably returned from our holiday full of ideas for small improvements, and it is best to put them into execution before enthusiasm wanes. … Read more

The Site

THE site is the first item for consideration. It should be chosen so that plenty of sunshine and open surroundings are obtainable. Modern conveniences must be available if possible, and shopping, educational, recreation and travelling facilities are also important. The site having been chosen, the plan must be drawn up so that the most is … Read more

Open Fires

The Englishmans desire to feel and look at a fire is unsatisfied by radiators, and open fires may be provided in the reception rooms; and when in use the other means of heating may be turned off. At the present time electricity is being increasingly used for cooking. It has the obvious advantage of being … Read more

Kitchen Furniture

PERHAPS the greatest revolution concerns the kitchen. No longer is it dark, drab, depressing, and cold. It has come to be one of the most important rooms in the house from the point of view of light, convenience, and comfort. Kitchen furniture is either stained or finished in white enamel, necessitating no more attention than … Read more

Colour in the Dining-room

SHADES of brown and orange are much – favoured for the modern dining-room, with its weathered-oak furniture. Presuming the floor is of oak or parquet, the carpet can be of tones of autumn. If a plain carpet is to be used, either brown or green is pleasing. Lighting should be in shades of orange to … Read more

Choice of Pictures

Tables are always needed. A nest of tables is almost indispensable, and small, low tables with book-shelves below mako a stand for a tea-tray or anything heavy. Of course the modern lounge must have a piano, wireless, and gramophone. Frame-less mirrors are used to give the appearance of space, but pictures on the walls are … Read more

Furnishing A Study

Weathered Oak in the Study the study, which may be situated either upstairs or down, according to the accommodation available, should be simply furnished, yet cosy. It should be well lighted, both naturally and artificially, and should give the maximum amount of comfort. One cannot work in a room which is depressing or heavy. Bookshelves … Read more

MODERN FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS

MODERN furniture is a true example of simplicity, for it is simplicity itself, both in design and from the point of view of cleaning. For comfort and convenience the modern style has no competitor, and even the lover of antiques and period furniture has to admit, even though grudgingly, that for comfort old-fashioned pieces do … Read more

NAMES OF ORIENTAL CARPETS AND RUGS

Oriental carpets and rugs are known by the names of the towns, districts, or provinces in which they are made. KURDISH Faraghan Cabistan Kelim Anatolia Agra Ghorevan Cashmere Mousul Bergamo Amritsar Hamadan Chichi Persian Kurdistan Ghiordes Benares Herati Circassian Sumak Kir-Shehfr Jubbulpore Herez Dagheslan Turkish Kurdistan Kulah Kashmir Ispahan Dcrbend Ladik Malabar Khorassan Guenjes Melez … Read more

THE ARRANGEMENT OF A ROOM

Individuality and Comfort Should Be Outstanding Features Human nature seems loath to drag itself away from everyday ideas. Because a woman living in one of a row of houses, each unit of which is architecturally identical in every detail, has her piano against one wall and it looks very nice, it does not necessarily follow … Read more