Monthly Archives: September 2012

Harvest Vernacular – September 1912

“The kirk wiz awfu’ thin the day.” “Ay! Wiz’t no? Bit kintry folk wad be a’ that wearit. Ah nivver miss the kirk or ah could ha’ gane tae ma bed fine, so ah could.” “Are ye by wi’ yer … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Scotland, Scots | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pretended Helplessness – September 1912

It was the Northern Express at Carlisle, and a fashionably-dressed young woman got into our compartment and made a great spread of herself and her possessions. Then she went to the window to make her farewells to a male relative … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Women | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Asked Out – Friday September 1902

This is the weather and the season when, if one is asked out to tea or any other function, the reply has to be that we will go if it is wet but, if it is dry, we must stay … Continue reading

Posted in Calves, Diary, Farming, Hens | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Family on the Hearthrub – September 1912

Every afternoon at five o’clock, there is a pretty group on the hearth rug: a smiling baby, all pink and gold, waves dimpled hands of delighted welcome at the three “schule-weans” who cluster round him, bidding for his favour. “Give … Continue reading

Posted in Children | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Working to Catch a Man – September 1910

While listing to a harangue upon the tiresome delinquencies of a servant girl — for there was nothing really very bad complained of — I could not help wondering why experienced mistresses continue to cherish such a high standard of … Continue reading

Posted in Servants, Women | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Tea Tastes Better in the Kitchen – Tuesday September 1902

Oh cousin! Oh auntie! May we have tea in the kitchen? It is so much nicer there. Why do we sit in this dull room. So, to please the townie children, we have tea spread on the kitchen table, warmed … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Diary, Family, Farming | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ony Word O’Man? – Septeber 1909

One of the most primitive forms of the joke is teasing — a little innocent fun at the expense of another. The small boy discovers it by instinct and thoroughly enjoys himself in making his little sister cry. In later … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Feminism, Women | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Harvest, Holidays and Labour – Saturday September 1901

A very beautiful day and harvest in full swing. One of our neighbours is cutting his wheat close to us to-day. From our house we have a fairly extensive view of the country and can see plainly the harvest fields … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Farming | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Hurricane Wind and Rain – Friday September 1901

Through the trees we can see the river rushing furiously brown. This is the day of an agricultural show, a gathering famous in the neighbourhood, partly because it is held in a beautiful mountain village. As there can be no … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Weather | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

An Unexpected Visitor -Thursday September 1901

At dinner time, we were told that none of the workers would be in to tea, nor indeed till the day waned, as it was important that full advantage be taken of the fine day and we must manage with … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, General | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment