Diary of a Young Farmer

Written by William Robinson 1939 - 1941, then aged about 20.

(click here for William's brother, Wilson's, diaries from 1935)

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February 1940

 Thursday 1

Very cold north east wind

Rabbiting got none. Digging lane out

Little snow shower overnight


Friday 2

Very cold north wind

Digging lane out. Got 30 carts out 15 carts thrown over hedge. 4 kits of water


Saturday 3

Very cold north wind hard frost

Digging lane out. Got 25 carts out. 25 carts thrown over hedge. 2 carts of water


Sunday 4

Cold north wind. Thawing and raining all day

Roads very slippy


Monday 5

Very misty all day. Thawing a little

Sorting Aaron Banner potatoes. 1 cart of water


Tuesday 6

Dull all day thawing

4 carts of water. Jobbing about.

At Old Hutton Social

Roads still bad in places


Wednesday 7

Wet all day

Dosed tup hogs. Sprouting potatoes. Jobbing about


Thursday 8

Fine and very warm, sunny at times

Took ploughs and harrows to smithy. Tried to scale muck; couldn't. Digging in lane

Penrith Sale - very bad trade

Preston Patrick Guild


Friday 9

Fine and sunny, very cold north wind. Freezing all day out of sun and in wind

Cleaned hen huts out. Jobbing about



Saturday 10

Very hard frost, fine and sunny

2 carts of water. 2 carts of muck into Bleaze Meadow

First work Jess has done since Jan 16


Sunday 11

Very hard frost, fine and sunny. Very cold north wind


Monday 12

Hard frost, light snow showers. Sunny at times, very cold north wind

Haltered 2 bulls


Tuesday 13

Very hard frost, sunny and warm

Rolling oats. 1 cart of water. Sawing wood. Washed bulls. Burned heap of sticks on Strickley Hill


Wednesday 14

Frost, light snow shower A.M. Dull all day, odd flakes coming

Kendal Bull Sale, took 2

Strickley Sunbeam sold for 14 gns

Strickley Telluria King sold for 13 gns

1 cart of water


Thursday 15

Frost, sunny and warm at times

Carting muck. 1 cart of water


Friday 16

Very hard frost

Little sun in morning, very cold. East wind in afternoon

Carting muck. Built wall gap in yard


Saturday 17

Very cold north wind in morning. Sunny at times and warm afternoon

Carting muck. 2 sledge loads of sticks. 2 carts of water


Sunday 18

Dull and cold in morning. inch of snow afternoon


Monday 19

Snow all morning, inch. Thawing a little in afternoon

Cart of muck. Jobbing about

Tup hog died


Tuesday 20

Heavy rain early morning. Thawing slowly all day

Scaling muck. Jobbing about


Wednesday 21

Frost, sunny at times. Thawing fast, very warm

Cart of muck into Sammy and Bleaze Meadow

Sorting sticks


Thursday 22

Frost, fine and sunny. Very wet night.

Cart of water. Brought plough from smithy. Hedging

2 lambs off Suffolk shearling


Friday 23

Fine and sunny, wet night. Big lot of snow gone since yesterday.

Nearly all frost out

Scaling muck. Hedging

Very bad burst in beck at Strickley Bridge and under road


Saturday 24

Fine and sunny

Finished ploughing Strickley Hill and started in Crow. Scaling muck.

Cart of water

First day able to plough since long before Christmas


Sunday 25


Wet morning. Fine but dull later. No frost left in ground.

Still drifts of snow about


Monday 26

Fine sunny and warm. Wet at night



Tuesday 27

Wet morning, showers afternoon

Ploughing. Scaling muck. Wilson brought cart of woods from Canny Brow Foot


Wednesday 28

V. Wet. V. Wild. V. Cold. V. Strong  N. Wind

Rolling oats. Jobbing about

Strickley Eva 2nd calved red B.C.


Thursday 29

Fine, v cold, strong N. wind, dull

Ploughing. Hedging

S. Peggy 24th calved red C.C.

6 weeks since last had water in our taps



Now & Then

Success at shows

Strickley Shorthorns

Family Tree

The Farm

1940 Diary

Flora and Fauna

Weather in pictures


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