Emboldened writing is the part of the clip audible in the ‘Home is where the heart is’ story.



<F Man1> 

<S JT> 

<G M> 

<A 85> 




<D 00-10-58> 

<I MB> 

<L CN T25> 

<T 7:35> 


<JT But if there ‘s one animal that ‘s useful, 

it ‘s the horses. 

# Horses is a useful article. JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT Because when you come to grub # potatoes, 

# or earth potatoes, 

or # grub turnips, 

horses is the best. 

# In my experience. 

And they ‘re very useful xxx xxx. 

And when you cut hay, 

you cut it # with horses, 

# horses cut, 

you can take it. 

Horse take it, 

a horse +… 

put it on the horse, 

rake it up. 

And then take your tumbler and tumble it all xxx xxx xxx. 

# That ‘s my experience. 

But now, 

there ‘s a lot of ’em has xxx xxx tractors, 

xxx xxx. 

You get through a lot of work, 

and cheaper too. 

# Aye. 

These tractors is ever so dear. 

The price of ’em new ‘s six hundred pound. 

# That ‘s a lot of money to gather # of it, 

in payment. 

[!= laughs] 

xxx xxx. JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT Of course, 

you get tractors cheaper but +… 

# The first one we got was about two hundred pound. 

# That was # the goodest one we ‘ve got. 

One that got the speed xxx xxx. 

It travelled the same as a train. 

# xxx xxx, 

that ‘s what I say, 

farming is # [/] farming is [\] gone xxx. 

Now they ‘ve got # machines now to cut the corn, 

# and put it in sacks. 

And put it xxx xxx. 

Used to be xxx xxx xxx # a reaper or a mower, 

and cut it and tie it and stook it and # [/] and stook it and [\] all. JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT And then put it in stacks. 

And then take yout st- +… 

take xxx xxx, 

and thresh it all. 

# And now you can buy this machine in the xxx, 

go round about it, 

cut the corn and xxx it through, 

put the corn in sacks and all xxx xxx xxx xxx. 

xxx xxx. 

Did you ever see that machine? JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT You ‘ve seen it cutting the hay? JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT Oh, 

they are things those. 

Oh aye. 

Old George xxx, 

# he ‘s got a xxx for farming. 

I think he ‘s xxx. 

What ‘s up with his legs? 

# Used to be a smart chap, 

# good worker, 

but # his day ‘s # finished. 

# And he ‘s a lot younger than me. 

# Oh aye. 


his day ‘s finished. 

xxx xxx gonna drop all this here. 



xxx xxx of that. 

xxx very +… 

he ‘s very useful. 

xxx xxx to look after sheep and cattle and horses and all these xxx. 

xxx xxx xxx xxx. 

That ‘s a wonderful thing,, 

in’t it? 

# Used to thatch our houses. 

there ‘s one hut still at my place here, 

used to be thatched xxx xxx xxx, 

top end of my field xxx xxx. 

And there ‘s another # [/] another [\] xxx or two, 

one or two over there xxx xxx. 

they ‘re attached to their farm too. 

Same as that look. 

Same xxx, 

we call it. 

Another house or two about, 

xxx xxx, 

there ‘s one or two out in the lane yet that are thatched. 


xxx xxx xxx xxx. 

Thatched ours but + 

they ‘re not so bothered at thatched houses now xxx xxx xxx. 

Because xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx. 

We used to have a man to pull the xxx and tie the xxx and thatch the house. 

Not get a man now xxx xxx +… 

What ‘s [/] what ‘s [\] a man’s wages now? 

A day? JT> 

<MB About five pound? MB> 

<JT Aye well, 

xxx xxx. 

This house here is the worst. 

it ‘s about the oldest house that ‘s in the village, 

except for the one down there. 

# Aye. 

This house [/] this house [\] is a long time xxx this house. 

I ‘m in over fifty years. 

Supported me fifty years and xxx xxx. 

# This is a very useful house, 

handy house. 

it ‘s right on the corner. 

A good place for business or anything. 

This house. 


There ‘s two houses over there, 


# belonging to me. 

Percy Coombs and Mrs Scotland. 

Will you xxx see them? JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT You ‘ve seen Percy Coombs? JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT Percy ‘ll give you a good history of farming. 

He ‘s a farmer’s son all his days. 

Sound man, 

he ‘s a very good farmer. 

He ‘s xxx xxx xxx xxx. 

xxx Percy Coombs xxx xxx? JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT Oh you know +… 

you ‘ve got all the old xxx. 

[!= laughs] 

xxx xxx xxx xxx. 

And what do you think of old Coombs? 

A smart man that. 

xxx gonna find that man very slippy. 

And he ‘s eighty four years or eighty five years. 


By God, 


And he came to put a stone xxx start the farm, 

# about fifty years ago. 

And he was down at Peel xxx xxx, 

and he was farming at xxx xxx. 

xxx a cart of hay, 

and I was looking for some sheep xxx. 

So I was talking to him down there. 

I was talking to him down there and I told him, 

+” Now, “+ 

he said, 

+” You ‘ve done the best job ever you ‘ve done in your life. “+ 

says I to him. 

+” You ‘ve got a good farm. “+ 

He says, 

+” Aye. “+ 

He [/] he [\] takes a xxx or two, 

he had xxx xxx xxx. 

When he was talking he had a good farm. 

And he ‘s trying to xxx xxx xxx. 

And he said he was poor enough when he came here. 

Poor enough he told me the other day. 


I told you, 

I [/] I [\] told you, 

I said, 

that you ‘ve got a good stock. 


I said, 

I ‘ve seen you work them, 

going down across # here, 

I said. 

Just xxx xxx xxx, 

I said. 

xxx xxx xxx, 

I said. 


he said, 

as soon as I seen him +… 

as soon as I seen you go down, 

I said, 

you were the man that xxx xxx. 

xxx xxx. 

[!= laughs] 


he [/] he [\] was telling everybody else what I said about him. JT> 

<SE Hmm. SE> 

<JT Oh yes. 


he said, 

the place I came from, 

he said, 

to here, 

is poor country. 

couldn’t do nothing in it. 

And now he ‘s xxx the best one. 

Oh aye. 

Oh yeah. 

He ‘s xxx. 

A good man too. 

there ‘s a +… 

one of his son has a # man xxx xxx xxx. 

Oh no. 

He ‘s a smart man that. 

Him that ‘s doing all the xxx and all the baling yet. 

that ‘s a man. 

And you see, 

xxx xxx xxx xxx. JT> 


Transcription by Juhani Klemola and Mark Jones, 1999 See http://digital.library.leeds.ac.uk/381/1/LSE_1999_pp17-30_Klemola_Jones_article.pdf and http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/ach-allc.99/proceedings/scott.html