Working with the Curlew
A Farmhand's Life

By Trevor Robinson

Working with the Curlew
Paperback, 128 pages £7.95
Published: 23rd October 2003
ISBN: 9781903998342
Format: 216mm x 138mm


In Working with the Curlew, Trevor Robinson shares his enthusiasm and joy for his work as a shepherd on the moor at Great Whernside in Yorkshire, and later as a farmhand near Leominster in Hereford. A lovely environment, very busy and hard work with no lorries, no electric motors, and no tractors, just nature's own sounds. He celebrates the intricate details of traditional farm life: selling rabbits at tuppence each, the village hop, sheep shearing, lambing, shire horses, haymaking, the warm welcome taste of tea on a snow-bound moor, muck spreading, cheese and bread making, trout-tickling, and killing the pig, a quiet job well done. During one severe Yorkshire winter, 600 sheep were lost, and he had to leave the job he loved. His new job in Herefordshire brought different skills: hedge laying, ploughing matches, haymaking, chain harrowing, and crop rotation, and inevitably, the arrival of tractor and combine harvester.

Trevor Robinson

Trevor Robinson was born in Huddersfield in 1930, and worked as a shepherd and farmhand in the Yorkshire Dales and Herefordshire from the age of eight. He lives with his wife in Worcestershire.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
ISBN: 9781903998342
Format: 216mm x 138mm
20 b&w illustrations

BISAC Code:  BIO000000, NAT000000, SOC026020, TEC003000
Imprint: Green Books

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