I watched this programme for the first time last week.
The settler family has a goat and some chickens to provide for them but the chooks didn't seem to be laying and they couldn't get any milk from the goat.
They were just trying to decide whether to kill one of the chickens for food or not when one of them saw a chook coming out from under the porch. They ripped up a plank on the porch and found an egg, the another plank was ripped up and another egg was found, so another plank came up and more eggs appeared.
I wonder if the family that had been chosen had been a farming family, would they know a bit more about the habits of chickens and Goats.? Chooks need a nesting place. I didn't see a chook house of any description but that doesn't meant they didn't have one.....
I don't know if they were shown how to milk a goat but they hadn't got anything out of her and I was hoping they weren't hurting her in an effort to squeeze some drops from her.
The blokes of the family went out fishing but came home empty handed each time. When the first settlers first arrived, there would have been a hell of a lot more fish around and they would have stood more of a chance of catching something.
It's a difficult situation to recreate. Early settlers may have had more of an idea, well some of them may have. I know there were a lot of people who had come from rather well to do homes in England and may not have too many clues about fending for themselves.
I'm amazed there wasn't a rebelion amongst the woman regarding their clothing. Having to cook on a coal range in all those stays and layers of clothing must have been diabolical. Doing the household chores with their skirts flapping about and getting in the way.
The last Pioneer house programme that was on, the poor bloke involved had to wear woollen underwear and got a very nasty heat rash from it.
I quite like these programmes but really, it can't relate exactly to the real thing. For one, the kids wouldn't have been moaning about not having mobile phones or e-mail!
They have historians involved to keep them on the right path as well. I guess that that means, whatever they may have learnt about bush skills and what native plants to eat and use as medicine in their modern day lives wouldn't be allowed.
Yakut;295329 wrote: whatever they may have learnt about bush skills and what native plants to eat and use as medicine in their modern day lives wouldn't be allowed.
Real settlers would have had a thriving barter with the local savages if what I have read in books and old memoirs is correct, so the bush medcine would have depended on how close and how friendly the local Pa was.