THE Simpler Life viewers all had the same complaint as a group of modern Brits attempted to turn back the clock in a groundbreaking experiment.
On the Channel 4 show, 24 people left their 21st-century comforts behind for the summer to live by the principles of the Amish community — whose primary mode of transportation is the horse-drawn cart.
For a period of six months they had to subsist on growing their own food; had no electricity, gas, telephone, television or any other form of technology and traveled to the nearby town by horse and cart.
While many went straight to work, a few days later they held an emergency to fill the food shortage.
They agreed to stick to a strict budget and a pre-established list of items to purchase from nearby stores to help them make ends meet until their own groceries had grown.
The group’s treasurer, Joseph, drove into town with Gary, who was conducting the experiment with his husband and two adopted children, and Penny, a former assistant, who was there with her two daughters, including Azara, nine,.
Penny was keen to go to the shops because she feared her children had just eaten in passing and were trying to get them fresh vegetables.
On the drive there, she mentioned how she always struggled not to buy treats and extras when she went to the stores.
The moment they entered the nearby village’s tiny supermarket, Penny had already started asking to buy things that weren’t on the list, which the men refused because the group didn’t agree.
Then they were both devastated when the whole chicken they were supposed to buy cost £17 and decided against it because their budget was too tight.
Penny then got into a strop, saying she still wanted to buy the chicken, or at least a “cheaper brand of cereal” so Azara could have something different to eat with other pasta.
Gary accused her of “not thinking about the community” before storming off and threatening to leave the experiment.
As well as despairing at her reaction, viewers watching at home were left completely shocked by the price of the chicken.
“Bl**dy £18 for ONE chicken it was fed…GOLD!!!” tweeted one fan.
Another added: “18 pounds a chicken? That’s not John Lewis.”
And a third wrote: “17 pounds for frigging chicken!!!”
As part of the TV experiment, the group of strangers, made up of singles, couples and families, all agreed to give up their comforts of home.
They moved to a 100-acre homestead in Devon with a family of five from Ohio who live in an Amish community—traditional Christians who eschew the trappings of modern life and instead value self-sufficiency and community.
Since only candlelight was visible at night, the performers also wore traditional Amish clothing—long, solid-color dresses and bonnets for the women, and straight-cut suits and coats with no collars, lapels, or pockets for the men.
Each of the 24 participating strangers received jobs on the farm, getting up for work at 6:30 a.m. each day and returning only for meals to consume the fresh produce they had grown.
The second episode of The Simpler Life will air on Wednesday March 23 at 9pm.
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