Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 1904: Family Conversation

An Englishwoman said to me one day “You Scotch people have more family conversation than we do; now I never had a talk with one of my brothers in my life. We are friendly enough but we have nothing to … Continue reading

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Leading to Thrawn Necks – February 1904

We knew how many of last year’s chickens were laying and the egg basket in January was a heartsome sight when suddenly the numbers dropped to half although the combs remained as rosy and the early morning activity of the … Continue reading

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August 1916 – Our bed at the Somme

(As I’m currently blogging some letters from the Somme on my other blog http://dacj40.wordpress.com/ I thought I would post this, although it is an August post ) The Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont (in which we have named a bed) … Continue reading

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February 1904: Diary Tuesday – Lack of Help in Dairy

The butter this winter has never been “as hard as cobbles,” as we say; which makes churning morning so much easier. Unlike the times of Burns, when the men had so little to do in winter, ours are so busy … Continue reading

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February 1904: Diary Monday- Doctoring a Cow

The rain gave us leisure to doctor a cow. I lent important service by standing by with a jug. When I am in the byre, especially in the winter time, I always regret that I lack the physique, not to … Continue reading

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February 1904: Diary Saturday – Blouses to be Altered

Here are two or three blouses lying beside me to be altered — flimsy things made for the last summer, which failed us. Either my body or my mind, or both, are bad to fit; for no other pair of … Continue reading

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February 1904: Diary Friday – Nice Soft Reddenin

Looking out of the kitchen window this morning I saw a man briskly wheeling into the yard a very shabby pram containing an equally shabby bundle of a baby. Opening the door with my ears prepared for the tale of … Continue reading

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February 1904: Diary Thursday – Bird Concert

A lovely morning. Even on our comparatively treeless upland the birds are making something of a concert. An imitative starling for quite a minute I mistook for a blackbird — the lilt was the same, though brief. A song -thrush … Continue reading

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February 1904: Diary Wednesday – Mild Weather for Sale Day

There is a sale to-day not far away, but I see no signs of anyone going from our house. Perhaps money is needed for other things. Although, for that matter, a farmer does not go to a sale because he … Continue reading

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February 1901: Queens Funeral and Mrs Browning

This week I was thinking of giving you a little taste of Mrs. Browning’s poetry. Some lines, which I ascribed to her, had often of late been running through my mind; and to-day when I took up the newspapers to … Continue reading

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