After the farmers' successful cherry harvest, they turn their attention to the potato crop in an effort to save it from being destroyed by blight. Later, Ruth learns how to make a bathing suit for a church outing to the beach.
After the farmers shear sheep, Ruth takes the fleece to a wool mill, where she learns how it is processed. Later, at a picnic on Dartmoor, the farmers use historic maps to guide them on an authentic Edwardian hiking path.
With the arrival of April comes fishing season, so Alex and Peter head to the ocean, where they sing sea shanties, steer a wind-powered vessel and cast a net the old-fashioned way. Meanwhile, Ruth is ashore preparing potted shrimp, building a smokehouse and smoking some mackerel. Later, Alex makes a coracle, a small boat that Peter launches on the pond; and Ruth engages in a séance.
The farmers pick and pack daffodils, which are then hurried to the station and transported to market by period steam engines of the South Devon line. Also: Ruth's daughter, who works away in service, gets some rare time off to spend Mothering Sunday at the farm.
A day in the life of the farmers is examined, including their managing of the animals, restocking the feed store, tending land, caring for a goose that was attacked by a fox, shopping and playing a football match under strict Edwardian rules.
A harsh winter has Alex and Peter exploring ways to make a living away from the farm, so they try mining for tin in Cornwall. Meanwhile, Ruth learns the art of making lace and visits the town of Honiton, which is renowned for its lacy wares.
Alex and Peter try sea fishing. Meanwhile, Ruth follows in the footsteps of a number of Edwardian women and enters domestic service at Lanhydrock House, where she is introduced to luxuries such as running water and electric lights.
November plowing must be done before Alex and Peter can grow oats and potatoes; a traveling salesman visits with state-of-the-art Edwardian machinery; Peter sets out to build a trout farm and uses revolutionary fish-breeding techniques.
The farmers try their hands at market gardening strawberries, producing eggs year-round and raising beef cattle while training shire horses for field work. Ruth preps for winter by picking apples, salting a ham and smoking bacon.
In this series, two archaeologists and a historian attempt to bring a Devon farmstead back to life as it was in its Edwardian heyday. In the opener, they set up house in one of the cottages, where they need to unblock the chimney in order to cook meals and heat the place.