Cutting and carting bracken
Thatching hay cocks
This is the work for the farming year in the early 20th century in Normanby, I think scruffling should be scuffling, but it was the method I believe of hoeing the weeds between the crops. The crops are ready for bringing in it seems to me, the weather will dictate the time, wheat apparently likes this slightly cold summer, it is a cool plant. Thistles are of course a bit like dandelions, their fluffy seed heads travel far and wide. This was a walk up the hill to the farm at the top, I notice that on the long ridge into the village you have farms spaced equi-distance. From the top of the hill you can look round on the landscape, mostly farmland, the York moors can be seen in the far distance.
How much history has travelled through that short 100 years of history, human labour and horses were used for bringing in the wheat, then two world wars intervened, horses sadly disappeared and the great combine harvesters of today do the job in hours rather than days.
|This is the farm seen from the south.|
And wasn't it sad to see these beautiful Yorkshire Fell horses auctioned off to place like America last night on Countryfile. Seemed to have arrived in the country with the Romans, their manes flowing beautifully.....