Highland Homespun

By Margaret Leigh

Format: Paperback

In this unsentimental yet exquisitely written book, Margaret Leigh recounts a year of farming life on Achnabo farm.

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Birlinn Limited

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In May 1933 Margaret Leigh took over the tenancy of Achnabo farm, in a beautiful corner of the West Highlands overlooking the isle of Skye. In this unsentimental yet exquisitely written book, she recounts a year of farming life there, from the burning of the land and ploughing in March, through planting and sowing in April to haymaking and harvesting in September. Incidental details - such as a visit to the smithy, the arrival of some new bulls and the annual journey of the cows to the summer shielings - provide fascinating insights into farming life. Local characters and customs feature too, adding another rich dimension to this reflective and poignant memoir of a world now vanished forever.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 2 Jul 2012
ISBN 9781780270418
Number of Pages 304

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'This superb account of a year in the life of a West Highland farm was published in 1926, and it's arguably an even better read now than it was then' - Scotland In Trust

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