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.
|Publication date:||1st June 2012|
|Publisher:||Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Categories:||Memoirs, Local history,|
Margaret Leigh (1894 - 1973) studied Classics at Oxford University and taught for a while at St Leonard's School, St Andrews, and at Reading University. An unconventional and self-reliant spirit, she spent many years living and farming in the remote Scottish Highlands and immersing herself in Gaelic culture. She spent the last 25 years of her life as a Carmelite nun in Oxford.More About Margaret Leigh