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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.
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.
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: