Home

Now & Then
Success at shows
Strickley Shorthorns
Family Tree
The Farm
1940 Diary
Flora and Fauna
Weather in pictures
News
System info
Links to other sites
Contacts

 Blog

Latest Weather

 

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)

links to other months

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

 

 

JANUARY 1940

Monday 1

Very hard frost

Carting muck. Took last of fat lambs to Auction 35/- and 24/6.

At Kendal

 

Tuesday 2

Hard frost

Carting muck. Just 1 carts left in

 

Wednesday 3

Hard frost

Started topping S.H. hedge again O.S. At Over Bleaze. S Daisy 25th calved white C.C.

 

Thursday 4

Very hard frost

Carting muck. Topping hedge

 

Friday 5

Thawing a little

Rabbiting, got 11

 

Saturday 6

Foggy thawing very bad traveling.

Carting muck. Topping hedge. At Bridge House. Got new K. shoes

 

Sunday 7

Thawing all day. Very misty at night

 

Monday 8

Much frost left in ground

Scaled muck set out on Sat

Took 2 fat cows to Auction

S. Goldie 6th weight 11 cwt 26-5-0

S. Jubilee 5th weight 10 cwt 22-5-0

Rationing started. Bacon butter and sugar

Y.F.C

 

Tuesday 9

Very hard frost

Carting muck. Topping hedge

 

Wednesday 10

Very hard frost

Topping hedge. Carting muck

 

Thursday 11

Very hard frost

Sorting sticks. Finished topping

 

Friday 12

Very hard frost

Sorting sticks. 2 carts of lime and mould into Square S and 1 cart of pea sticks home.

Greaves

 

Saturday 13

Frost, much rag. Very cold out of sun

Putting sticks for burning into heap at top of S.H. Finished sorting that hedge

Dosed lambs for worms

 

Sunday 14

Frost

 

Monday 15

Little frost. Much thaw by night

Full control of livestock introduced by Government.

Bought pair of shoes16/6 from C.W.S.

Lorry of straw came. Rosette 12th calved B.C.

Roads slippery

 

Tuesday 16

Very hard frost. Very heavy fall of snow with strong wind out of north. Big drifts

1 cart of muck into N.H.F. Jobbing about

 

Wednesday 17

Very hard frost. Freezing all day and night

Brought sheep off lots 28.

Major and Mrs. Pease here for about 10 minutes

 

Thursday 18

Hard frost

Froze our water about the beck again Strickley Bridge at teatime

At Greaves. Jobbing about

Heavy fall of snow about 3 inches

 

Friday 19

Very hard frost.

All snow which came yesterday put into big drifts by south-east wind

Jobbing about. 2 carts of water. Cows down to beck for first time

 

Saturday 20

Very hard frost. Still drifting snow very cold

Jobbing about. 2 carts of water

 

Sunday 21

Very hard frost

33 of frost in Kendal

 

Monday 22

Very hard frost

Took Jess to smithy. Cart of water. Jobbing about

 

Tuesday 23

Very hard frost

Cleaned calf hulls out. Jobbing about. 2 carts of water

 

Wednesday 24

Very heavy snow all day put about 6 inches on

Started thawing after dinner. Very wet and cold at night. Very slushy

Jobbing about

 

Thursday 25

Thawing very cold. Roads very slippy

Tup hog died. Jobbing about. Cleaned calf hulls out

 

Friday 26

Very cold north east wind, heavy rain in morning, 2" snow afternoon

1 cart water. Jobbing about. Roads very slippy. No Greaves

 

Saturday 27

Very cold north wind. Few flakes of snow all day. Drifting very bad. Very bad night

Jobbing about

 

Sunday 28

Very cold north wind. Worst snow since 1894. Snowing a little all day

Milkman never came. Our lane blocked. No Service

Not much snow if level but all drifted into big drifts never seen anything like it.

6 - 8 feet deep

 

Monday 29

Very windy and cold. More and bigger drifts than Sunday

Took Red Bullock to Kendal

Grade B.2 made 21-16-0 weight 8

Got first lambs 3 from Suffolk 1 dead

Jobbing about. 1 cart water. Maggie 14th calved B.C.

 

Tuesday 30

Very windy and cold. Little snow shower in A.M. and  P.M. Very hard frost

Rolling oats. Jobbing about

 

Wednesday 31

Very cold north wind

Norah to smithy

Digging snow out of gateways and little out of lane. 2 carts of water

 

Home

Now & Then

Success at shows

Strickley Shorthorns

Family Tree

The Farm

1940 Diary

Flora and Fauna

Weather in pictures

News

Links to other sites

Contacts

   

 Blog

Latest Weather