On Wed, 19 May 2021 06:46:52 GMT, Mike McMillan
Post by Mike McMillan
Farmers are to receive a financial inducement to retire to make way for
younger blood I hear. So who are the candidates in Ambridge???
I heard this too and am sure I heard it ages ago.Is it being renewed
as no old farmers took it up? Neil? He doesn't own land but giving up
land was the second category to get a payout. The first was just
farming and he is a pig farmer. Might David get discouraged with the
change from ..er..it was from cows and sheep to just sheep, wasn't it?
or vice versa? Whichever, Ruth wanted it,supported by Pip, or vice
versa :) and David didn't.
I'm reading Miss Read's Village Diary at the moment, about a village
school in the 1950s. Things were just changing post-war. She talks
about a farmer who brings her a basket of plums. Many villagers do
bring fruit and vegetables to the school teacher at harvest time. The
farmer talks about how his cowman is leaving him. He got a job at a
local research station and found a house near by. The farmer is sorry
to be losing him.
He's going because the hours are shorter, no early milking 7 days a
week, no nights up with a sick cow and the wife thinks it's a step up
socially to work in Garfield's rather than for the farmer. He'll get
more money, but pay three times as much rent. And those farm cottages
are in good repair.
The farmer regrets the waste of knowledge, learned over 40 years in
the cowman job. And it was a trend then. People were leaving the
farming jobs and drifting to easier city ones. One thing Miss Read
also mentions is the children get to go to a bigger school with more
specialised teaching in secondary school subjects. They don't get that
in village schools. Miss Read's time saw some being combined so that
children had to be taken further from their own village daily. The
books celebrate country living and how well it works. They regret the
changes but admit some advantages too. Did Ambridge have a village
school at some point in TA?