There only a few cows milking
so I havenít anything to do until breakfast at 8:00
I feel quite businesslike in my
rig-out. Can you send me some old brown stockings to match my boots, please.
The maids and the farm labourer are very nice so I think will get all quite
well, luckily as I shall have a lot to do with them.
I shall finish this note later.
I was called at about 7.15 and was down about 7.30. There was nothing to do
then. The first thing I did was to go and help that the disc-harrow on to
some planks and then the maid and I went to get the cows out. I undid two of
them; that meant walking between two cows very close together, then Annie
and I cleaned the cow house. In the middle are doing this the letters
arrived. I donít want a dressing gown as there isnít a bath though, only a
tub affair. Iím afraid I shall splash the whole house. Mrs. Price last me
whether I wanted a hot water bottle so I didnít think I should be cold.
After cleaning the cow house we
carried chaff to the cow house and then I hung out some blankets on the land
with the two girls. I also got the rust off some horses so you see the work
is not hard yet.
I want to go to college in
September after staying here six months. I shall probably be able to stick
it quite easily.
The maids have one night off a
week and I think Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Price said that it would be nice if
I could borrow a bike so I could go to Lampeter in the evening.
Annie, the maid told Mrs. Price
I was doing very well and Mrs. Price heard her tell the other maid who is
afraid of cows that I had untied two of them trying to give her little hit
on her weak part.
And my dear Auntie Winnie,
I am quite happy so donít worry
about me. Please thank Mama for writing straight away. Its was a pleasant
surprise to see the postman with three letters especially as I was in the
middle of cleaning the cowhouse and the rest from that with such newsy
letters was topping.
I finished work today at 7.30
and I was down by 7.30 this morning. This afternoon I brushed a horse down
and helped to harness it and got the rust of a good many bits. I thought
they were bits, but have found that they were stirrups so you can see what a
vague idea I have of farm work. Of course, I either keep quiet or pretend to
understand everything they say so I donít put my foot in it often.
Dr. Price said I had done a
good dayís work. Iím sure you would like him. Heís always laughing and such
a jolly laugh and often tells you to take the rest or go easy
I made inquiries in a
roundabout fashion from the farm labourer when we took his tea out to the
field, about the best hotel and he said it was Walters.
I was told that ploughing was
awfully hard but I donít think it is. I ploughed about 15 yards just to try
and I managed ever so well, I think. Even I think that I did as well as the
man but probably he didnít think so.
Give my love to Mr. Davies and
Tommy when you see them.
This place agrees with me. I
eat heaps and heaps. You get so hungry being out all day.
You know how terrified I am of
turkeys. I have been trying to cure myself of that funk. Yesterday I went
within about five yards of it; today within three yards, perhaps tomorrow I
shall touch it. I can remember a time I used to scream and run away when I
saw one. Iím not going to learn to milk cows until Thursday. Today and
tomorrow I am watching and then I shall try my hand at it on Thursday.
I do hope youíll be able to
come to Lampeter, some time for the August fair. If you donít want to come
soon after Easter. I shall probably get off work then quite easily on the
Please tell Dada that his
gloves are ever so comfy and useful - just the thing.
Iím not afraid of going near
the cows now, at least not much. I donít show I donít like them. I tackled
the roughest this evening and tied them up.
Wednesday morning. Got up at
6.30. this morning and watched the cows being milked.
My dear Auntie Winnie
I should get an overall like
mine for working in the house and also clogs for Mama. I have made enquiries
at Walterís hotel for Bed and breakfast. It looks awfully nice when I passed
it as I was driving the cow. If you arrive here at three oíclock I will come
to me you and I will go back for milking. I could get permission to get off
milking as there are not many cows to milk now
I have got a very good idea.
When Gwynedd comes to Aber she will bring my bicycle here. The one she has a
Cambridge and I shall cycle on Saturday night, after the milking and spend
all day Sunday with her. It is only 29 miles by road
The maids tell me they have a
fortnightís holiday a year and one gets Sunday off every two months to go
home. At least she goes Saturday night and come back on Monday morning.
Wonder of wonders! For the
first time in my life I have been held up as a an example in some meeting
for doing war work not for a godly nature or anything like that.
It is snowing very heavily so
that we didnít do much work this afternoon. I can milk quite well now. They
weigh the milk 10 pounds is one gallon In the morning the cow gives about 9Ĺ
pounds and in the evening 6Ĺto 7Ĺ pounds. I can milk quite well now. I was
awfully bucked with myself today. I milked 9Ĺ pounds nearly one gallon. The
usual amount milk by the girl and 7 pounds this evening. Milking is quite
nice. The cow did not kick me today nor did the milk go up my sleeves as it
We chaffed this morning and
Could you send me my old pair
of black shoes with low heels. I change my clogs during the daytime. It
takes me 35 minutes to go to Lampeter.
If I do stay on for the winter
I should prefer coming home and then I shall stay until March 1918 and is do
war work as chauffeur until September when I go to college.
I helped with the engine this
morning. They have a large engine affair for threshing.
Dole, Lampeter 1917
My dear Mama and everybody
I am quite at home here.
I arrived here quite safely
after a pleasant journey.
I feel rather bucked as I have
blubbed one tear since I left Dada and I also feel quite chirpy.
Dilys told me Doctor Banks
Price has a gorgeous car so when I was met by a governors trap I wondered
where it was. Dr. Price is charming. I helped him harness the little pony
for carrying wood and I stuck some branches on top of this little trap while
he was looking for more wood. I arranged this wood quite nicely and the
horse moved and these logs all fell off and I only said "donít to the horse
so you see as yet I havenít learned much about farm language but I have
learned quite lot in other ways. I learnt that a ferret is an animal and not
the bird as I had an idea it was; that a beagle or Beadle can mean both a
dog used for hunting and also some kind of occupation in workhouse (David Copperfieldís time). I learnt all that without showing my ignorance as to
what they were but Iím afraid I put my foot in it when I remarked, "What a
nice turkey." It was a guinea fowl
Most of the land has been
ploughed so there wonít the chance for me to learned ploughing.
There is a topping river, a
distance of about 300 yards away, salmon and trout fishing. If I do learnt
to fish and if I do manage to catch any I will send you some.
The working togs I have got to
the most suitable. Please look after my roses. They will need pruning in a
monthís time. Prune them moderately and please look in my garden book about
pruning. It isnít hard at all.
Please donít worry about me.
Iím quite happy and do please write often. Dr. Price is lovely and awfully
cheerful and sensible he works on the farm when he is not a way
They have some awfully nice
horses here. Iím not a judge of horses yet or all I can say is they look
nice. In the Chronicle today was this: that a farm girlís wages would
increase if she could take a beast to market and sell it properly. I may yet
be seen walking through Lampeter driving cows to be sold. I hope not though,
because I should feel rather silly if one ran away and I had to run after it
with my heavy clogs with much love to all.
Return to Eirian
on horse back.