The Round Up

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With some assistance from the Head Gardener, I made more encouraging progress on weeding the Back Drive this afternoon.

Later, Becky and Ian arrived to stay for a few days.

In my post Quads, of 3rd March, I wrote ‘Louisa has fond memories of sleeping on the sofa so she could set the alarm to go off at 5 a.m. without disturbing the rest of us. She would then go to the farm next door, round up the cattle on the farmer’s quad bike, assist with the milking, and bring back warm milk for breakfast.’

I must have risen with her on 22nd August 1992, because I have now found negatives to prove it.

Louisa and Geoff Carruthers rounding up cow 1

They show Louisa, guided by farmer Geoff Carruthers, rounding up a recalcitrant cow;

Louisa driving the quad,

and Louisa rounding up on her own. Not a moment too soon for the cow in the header picture.

View from Towcett 8.92

The farm was at Towcett, near Penrith. This was a view from our holiday cottage.

This evening Jackie produced a fine roast lamb dinner for the four of us. In addition to tender lamb and tasty gravy we enjoyed roast potatoes and parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, carrots, spring greens, and cauliflower. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and Ian and I drank an enjoyable Corbieres.2015.

During our conversation we learned that Matthew has recorded all 30 episodes of the classic TV comedy series ‘Steptoe and Son’ from the 1960s and ’70s. This hed me exploring YouTube. Here is an act of extreme dirtiness:

34 thoughts on “The Round Up

  1. Louise – as fair as a dairy maid! (Which apparently has some bearing in reality as harmless cow pox acted as a preventative for getting small pox which made a mess (if not death) of ones face!)

  2. Pretty cool that Louisa helped out at the farm next door – I can see that the cow was real close to milking herself!! Great shots – the memories you have through all these photographs are so cool. Jackie’s dinner sounded delicious!!

  3. Those rolling hills with lavender mountains in the background really created a beautiful scene! On the color wheel in art, purple is across from green. The pictures of Louisa show joy and your story of her early rising demonstrates good work ethic. 🙂

  4. They were filthy, but lovable creatures.

    Harry was such a young man when he died.

    He always looked so sad,with “you dirty ol man”. Wilfred Brambell for a dad.
    I believe the show brought both Harry Corbett and Wilfred nothing but grief,

    Uncanny the way England’s top comedian/actors who bring so much laughter could have used some laughter themselves.
    Reminds me of Tony Hancock, to my mind one of if not the greatest dying alone in Bondi, Sydney, aged 44 by his own hand.
    Sorry to put a damper on your post,
    Loved the pictures, I’d like to ride a quad, probably fall off and break my silly bloody neck

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