Category Archives: Farming

Death of Two Sisters – January 1908

Two notable sisters connected with Ayrshire farming recently passed away. On the last day of 1907, Mrs Robert Barr, of South Craig, Kilmarnock, died in her 68th year and on 19th January, her sister, Mrs. Alex Sloan, Greenhill, Crosshouse, passed … Continue reading

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Grandmothers’s Story – December 1895

We children were playing round grandmother’s chair, And grannie joined in with so cheerful an air, We forgot that she wasn’t just one of ourselves And wild ran round her like frolicsome elves. At last she besought us to pause … Continue reading

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Women’s Place on the Farm – November 1923

The opening lecture of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Agricultural Discussion Society for season 1923-24 was held on Wednesday evening in the Bible Training Institute, Bothwell Street, Glasgow, when Miss Margaret Shanks, Gosforth, Cumberland, or as she is more … Continue reading

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Rabbit Fur – November 1922

The rabbit’s skin provides a great variety of fur for the market. It is dressed and clipped to various lengths of hair and dyed every shade of brown, mole or gray. Even the manner in which the skins are pieced … Continue reading

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Romance of the Palate – Monday October 1907

Been very wet over the week-end and all hands about the steading. Why shouldn’t I run across the Border and see the crops there? While around us the fields are almost all cleared, there are many full fields on the … Continue reading

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Sow and Pigs Neglected – Saturday October 1907

Torrents of rain, and, unfortunately, the grain was not all secured last night. The men threshed and crushed corn and we set our house in order. It was found that the sow and pigs had been neglected when the other … Continue reading

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Not Such an Easy Time – Friday October 1907

Our girls are told to hurry up with their usual work, as they will probably both be wanted outside in the afternoon; but alas! they couldn’t apparently “go past their step.” The only time they move alertly is when they … Continue reading

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Mutton Broth – Thursday October 1907

Rain through the night, and no let up till noonday, which meant an early lunch. We had mutton broth, and nobody showed disapproval by leaving any. We took particular notice because we had seen a paragraph in the daily paper … Continue reading

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Rush Harvest Diary – Wednesday October 1907

The harvest seems more of a rush this year than usual. For so many weeks was the grain green that it seemed doubtful it should ever change colour and ripen. Almost suddenly at the last, the transition took place and, … Continue reading

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The Bonny Ivy Tree – October 1921

There is in a very sheltered corner of a little lane in Essex that I came upon two very tall specimens of the “Ivy” tree. Owing to their position I could not make out the character of the original trunk … Continue reading

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