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TITLE
Being snowed in on a Caithness croft
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_20
PLACENAME
Canisbay
DISTRICT
Northern Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Canisbay
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
2779
KEYWORDS
crofting
crofters
crofter
croft
crofts
Christmas holidays
holiday
audio

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In this audio extract a Canisbay crofter remembers being snowed in over the Christmas school holidays - an opportunity for catching rabbits.

'Ye'd aboot a fortnight's holidays an, och, it wis all right. Ye wis oot - well, we used to go oot an catch rabbits in the snow, Ah remember at fine. But ye didnae much - Ah seemed to have more snow then; I've seen the whole days o drift an ye wouldnae get moved. Of course the roads wis never the - they didnae worry too much about e road then because there were no cars.'

Caithness crofts were very similar to those in the other crofting counties of Scotland: Argyll, Inverness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland. The crofter kept a few animals - usually one or more cows, some sheep, poultry and a pig. The horse was important as a beast of burden until it was largely replaced by small tractors from the end of the 1940s onwards. The usual crops were oats (always called corn in Caithness), potatoes, turnips and hay, with varying amounts of vegetables. Up until the 1950s crofters with access to larger amounts of land showed a considerable degree of self-sufficiency, but it was quite usual for members of the family to have jobs off the croft. Many crofters had a skilled trade that enabled them to find work away from home. The crofthouse's water supply was usually a nearby well, spring or burn; the most ready supply of fuel for cooking and heating was peat, which had to be cut and processed on the moor in summer

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Being snowed in on a Caithness croft

CAITHNESS: Canisbay

1980s

crofting; crofters; crofter; croft; crofts; Christmas holidays; holiday; audio

Highland Libraries

Caithness Recordings: Crofting & Farming

In this audio extract a Canisbay crofter remembers being snowed in over the Christmas school holidays - an opportunity for catching rabbits.<br /> <br /> 'Ye'd aboot a fortnight's holidays an, och, it wis all right. Ye wis oot - well, we used to go oot an catch rabbits in the snow, Ah remember at fine. But ye didnae much - Ah seemed to have more snow then; I've seen the whole days o drift an ye wouldnae get moved. Of course the roads wis never the - they didnae worry too much about e road then because there were no cars.'<br /> <br /> Caithness crofts were very similar to those in the other crofting counties of Scotland: Argyll, Inverness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland. The crofter kept a few animals - usually one or more cows, some sheep, poultry and a pig. The horse was important as a beast of burden until it was largely replaced by small tractors from the end of the 1940s onwards. The usual crops were oats (always called corn in Caithness), potatoes, turnips and hay, with varying amounts of vegetables. Up until the 1950s crofters with access to larger amounts of land showed a considerable degree of self-sufficiency, but it was quite usual for members of the family to have jobs off the croft. Many crofters had a skilled trade that enabled them to find work away from home. The crofthouse's water supply was usually a nearby well, spring or burn; the most ready supply of fuel for cooking and heating was peat, which had to be cut and processed on the moor in summer