Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Concerning The -farthing

I've been leaning towards returning the blog name to something more personal over the past few months. I experimented with using a fairly generic title for a while to try and see if readership changed at all. The best I can tell our numbers have pretty much kept growing at about the same pace throughout our history as a homesteading blog. So with my curiosity sated, I decided we would tweak the name rather than change it.

"Homesteading in the South" now becomes "Homesteading in the Southfarthing"

In the tradition of our website address change to Crowsonshire.blogspot.com we are returning to the traditions of Tolkien with the addition of "-farthing" to the title of our page. What is a "-farthing" one might ask? "The original parts of the Shire were subdivided into four Farthings ("fourth-ings" or "quarterings")." With one being the "Southfarthing," which "is the site of Longbottom, where the best pipe-weed was grown, owing to the area's warmer climate."

Why the love of The Shire and the Hobbits?

 As per the man himself:
Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth:  a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.  They do not and did not understand or like machines more complicated than a forge-bellows, a water-mill, or a hand-loom, though they were skilful with tools... They are quick of hearing and sharp-eyed, and though they are inclined to be fat and do not hurry unnecessarily, they are nonetheless nimble and deft in their movements... As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk.  They dressed in bright colours, being notably fond of yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes, since their feet had tough leathery soles and were clad in a thick curling hair, much like the hair of their heads, which was commonly brown.  Thus, the only craft little practised among them was shoe-making; but they had long and skilful fingers and could make many other useful and comely things.  Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking.  And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them).  They were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in presents, which they gave away freely and eagerly accepted.
So rather than change, we just tweaked the name, made it more apt to describe us, and the type of life we are working towards. Every now and then like all good shire-folk we are drawn out from our hobbit-hole into the real world, but always long for a quick return to the Crowsonshire. 

1 comment:

  1. Now thats a catchy title and i like it!


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