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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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Choosy Cows and Buttercups – June 1923

To-day I was watching the cows feeding in a meadow golden with buttercups. One of them was lightly flicking off the flower heads into her mouth. She continued to do this for a minute or two, then settled to the … Continue reading

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The Parritch Luggie – September 1907

An article in Country Life last week recalled to my mind the wooden bowls I have seen used in farm kitchens in my childhood. There was the meal-bowl placed on the wide hob every morning and evening, from which the … Continue reading

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Our Easier Lot – July 1905

In listening to tales of the youth of our mothers and grandmothers, we are often reminded how much easier has been our lot. We did not have to shear barefooted; we were not asked to rise at five in the … Continue reading

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Friday – Finding Space in Our Small Dairy – July 1903

Three of us sat round the dairy sconces discussing where would be the best place to put our cream. Our dairy is just about a third of the size it ought to be. It is a comparatively new building too … 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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