If you ever wondered about bedbugs, scullery, or a study then check out the exciting book At Home; A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. Bryson is a storyteller of history making the mundane quite interesting. As he tours his once country parsonage he delves into the history behind each room. The history goes from prehistory to present day and hovers around the time his home was built in 1851. Did you know the now modest hall was once the main room in an estate? As technology changed so did the need for a scullery-dish washing room– and larder, pantry. Bryson compares American and British uses for spaces and how advancements in America affected the use of some estates in Britain. Did you know that ice became a commodity in the US that may but never caught on in Europe.
In a discussion of the drawing-room or stairway, Bryson discusses architecture and the coming of the telephone. The nursery includes the history of child labor and life. The Study takes readers into the fascinating world of germs and their history.
As a nurturer, I found this book very helpful in looking at my house and housekeeping in a different light. I’m grateful I can focus time on people instead of fires and food. I am grateful I can see clearly and hope to live a long productive life. I am grateful that I am valued as a woman and a professional nurturer.
May you thrive as you seek the mysteries under your rugs and in your closets.