Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

I had hoped to be posting a photograph from today, but the not so good weather is still with us. Here is one from a cold crisp day in January 2003 which I took from the hills above Straiton to cheer us up.

If you followed the link through to the 1841 census, you'll find that boys as young as 10 were Agricultural Labourers as were women of 65.

1 comment:

Katya said...

Wow! There is lots of grazing land surrounding the area! Do sheep provide a substantial amount to Scotland's economy? Memories of James Herriot's writings have left so many "pictures" in my mind. I I loved his writing and I remember lying on the couch, tears streaming down my face as I read about one vet named Angus Grier....I cannot recount the exact details, but even after nearly 25 or 30 years, I can remember that name and a rubber suit!

I also often pick up the knitting books I own by Alice Starmore. She lives on the Isle of Lewis, and I love seeing all the photos of the water! Such a different culture. OF course, I often think our state of Maine must be somewhat similar to Scotland. But, alas, no palm trees! I have no idea how far northward they are found in the US, but I think of Florida when I think about palm trees!