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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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MARCH 1940

Friday 1

Very frosty, N.E. wind, sunny all day

Ploughing, hedging. Carting muck. 1 cart of water

March came in like a lion, should go out like a lamb


Saturday 2

Hard frost, light N.E. wind, sunny

Ploughing, broke main swingletree. Hedging. 2 carts of water


Sunday 3

Very hard frost and white with rag

Sunny all day

Still drifts about behind some hedges and walls, none left in lane but a big lot at Limestone Brow

2 lambs H.B., 3 Suffolk, 2 died


Monday 4

Little frost, very foggy morning. Sunny and windy later

Plumbers here, mended burst in beck


Took 3 animals to auction

Fat bullock, weight 8 cwt 18-16-0

Fat cow, weight 9 cwt 17-5-0

Dairy cow S. Peggy 24th 3 teats 17-5-0

2 lambs Suffolk 1 died. Total 8 out of 12


Tuesday 5

Little frost, sunny and strong N. wind

Digging road up to mend burst


Plumbers here again

Cart of water


Wednesday 6

Hard frost, very sunny, light N. wind

Digging for water, nothing doing

Carting muck. Ploughing

First sheep with lamb bed out


Thursday 7

Hard frost, dull all day.

Ploughing. Carting muck

Cart of water

It is 7 weeks today since we last had water in house or shippon


Friday 8

Showers and dull all day

Ploughing. Jobbing about

1 Suffolk, 2 H.B. Total 11 from 7. 4 dead


Saturday 9

Dull morning, rain afternoon


Men from Kendal helping to dig for water

Cart of water

2 H.B. 13 from 8. 4 died


Sunday 10

Very foggy all day and very wet as well


Monday 11

Very foggy at times

GOT WATER  the pipe was burst nearly full length of the road from bridge to bridge.

Man from Kendal here digging all day


7 weeks and 4 days without water

1 lamb H.B.


Tuesday 12

Very heavy rain all day, never stopped

Cleaned calf hulls out. Mended dressing machine. Dressing corn for seed, about 95 stones.

2 lambs, Suffolk, both born dead


Wednesday 13

Trying to snow all day. N. E. wind. Very cold all day

Buried sheep. Ploughing

Water not yet coming properly

2 S. 1 H.B.

17 lambs - 12 ewes, 6 died


Thursday 14

Hard frost, sunny all day. Light N - NE wind

Finished ley ploughing, scaling muck

1 S. 2 HB


Friday 15

Very strong W - N.W wind, showers of hail and rain. Sunny periods, very cold

Carting muck. Jobbing about

1 rough


Saturday 16

Very sunny morning, cloudy later

Carting straw muck. Carting muck

1 HB. 2 HB. 2 HB. 3 HB. 3 dead. 2 R both dead

26 from 20. 11 dead


Sunday 17

Heavy rain and drizzle all day

All snow now gone

3 lambs, Wensleydale, 2 dead


Monday 18

Heavy showers. strong W - SE wind

Scaling muck. Jobbing about

1 R. 2 HB. 2 HB. 2 R. 1 HB.  35


Tuesday 19

Fine morning , heavy showers later. Bright periods. Strong SW wind

Scaling muck. Carting sticks

3 HB. 3 HB. 2 HB. 2 HB. 2 HB. 1 dead. 11 out of 12

Most lambs in one day so far. 12 lambs from 5 sheep


Wednesday 20

Very wet. Very cold. V. very windy. SW wind strong

Dressing corn, 100 stones. Rolling oats

1 R.  1 W.  1 died HB. Sold 1 pet

Total 47 from 33. 15 dead


Thursday 21

Bright intervals in morning. Very heavy rain afternoon. Warm

Hedging. Rolled seeds

2 W. 1 dead


Friday 22

Bright intervals, showers. Warm, very growy

Carting muck. Hedging. Building big wall gap top of lane

Cousin Eric and Margaret here

2 R. 2 W. 1 HB. 1 HB. 2 W.  56


Saturday 23

V bright intervals in afternoon. Showers morning and night. Very warm

Carting mangolds and muck

Dad at Batty's sale

1 R

Mr and Mrs Ridyard here


Sunday 24

Fine all day, dull A.M. Very sunny and warm afternoon

1 W. 2 R. 1 dead

59 from 42. 17 dead


Monday 25

Lennie's 21st birthday party

Fine and sunny and warm

Carting muck. Hedging

1 W. 1 dead R. 59


Tuesday 26

Fine, sunny and warm. N. wind. Very heavy shower after tea

Carting muck. 5 carts of stones off Crow. Hedging

1 R. 60


Wednesday 27

Hard frost. Fine, sunny, very cold N wind. Light snow showers after tea.

Cart of stones. Carting sticks. Hedging.

2 SH.  1 dead


Thursday 28

Hard frost, sunny, cold N wind

Carting muck. Buried sheep died yesterday through lambing

2 W. 2 W. 2 HB

67 - 48 - 19

last HB


Friday 29

Frost. Snowing and raining all day. Very cold

Carting muck. Scaling muck. Jobbing about

1 R. 2 W. 2 dead


Saturday 30

Bright intervals, warm

Scaling muck. Building wall gap top of lane

2 R. 1 dead. 3 W


Sunday 31

Very strong S W wind. Very wet and stormy all afternoon and night

1 R. 2 W



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