This is an exact description of her life and daily activities while settling New Zealand's frontier, from 1878-1906. (She later returned home due to difficulty in getting help in her remote area in running her family farm). Learning as she goes, this treasure contains recipes for bread (making the yeast yourself), vinegar (follow the recipe and just leave it for a year). She raises chickens and is an expert gardener (plant seeds in eggshells, and deposit the seedling directly in the soil leaving the eggshell, the calcium will benefit the plant and roots remain undisturbed), keeps bees... Inspiring just to hear how people used to just have to do things. None of this researching and doing things the perfect way they are done. If you didn't have a floor, just dirt, you threw shells down until you did. Inspiring in making you feel like you can do anything.
Read it here at http://www.scribd.com/doc/17593138/My-Simple-Life-in-New-Zealand-by-Adela-Stewart