Farm work and staying in a chaumer at Greenfold Farm by Norman Adie

Polytunnels at Barra  © Copyright Andrew Wood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Polytunnels at Barra © Copyright Andrew Wood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Norman left school at the age of 14 and went to work as a farm servant at Greenfold Farm near Oldmeldrum. He was given a bed in the chaumer, a small building by itself which he shared it with his older brother. Each weekend he cycled 7 miles home with his br other  to South Mains of Barra, Oldmeldrum where his Father worked. There had been no work there when Norman left school so he had followed his brother. He earned 10 /- a week which he handed over to his mother and got pocket money back.

The day started with breakfast in the farm-house. There was brose made with hot water and salt. This you made yourself. Porridge was for tea and then at dinnertime was soup(e.g. tattie or broth), crowdie cheese (made on the farm) and breed (home-made oatcakes). Norman enjoyed the work. Cattle were fattened up and used to provide milk for the dairy.

He used his earning to buy clothes and at visits to the local dance hall.

Memory contributed by Norman Adie from Elgin

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