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Start of the spring cultivations in the Hebrides. Spring is late this year - in the

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Start of the spring cultivations in the Hebrides. Spring is late this year - in the

Start of the spring cultivations in the Hebrides. Spring is late this year - in the Outer Henrides, and only now are farmers and crofters beginning to get their land into shape.
This picture, on South Uist, shows a Scottish lass driving a pair of horses on the harrow. The crop is likely to be oats or turnips, or rye or greenstuff - for the farming system is carried out in narrow strips.
21/5/62

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Agriculture English Rural Life Farmer Farming Harvest Horse Horses Labour Ploughing Work


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Capturing the Essence of Scottish Farming - A Glimpse into Spring Cultivations in the Hebrides

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. In this timeless print, we are transported to the picturesque landscapes of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The photograph beautifully encapsulates the delayed arrival of spring, as farmers and crofters eagerly commence their land preparations after a long wait. A young Scottish lass takes center stage, skillfully driving a pair of majestic horses on a harrow. Her determined expression reflects her dedication to tending these fertile lands. As she guides the horses through narrow strips, it becomes evident that this farming system is meticulously carried out with utmost precision. The crop awaiting cultivation remains a mystery; perhaps oats or turnips, rye or greenstuff will soon flourish under her care. Regardless of its identity, one thing is certain - this bountiful harvest will be nurtured by hard work and unwavering commitment. Dated May 21st, 1962, this image offers us an intimate glimpse into English rural life during an era when agriculture was at its core. It serves as a poignant reminder of the vital role played by farmers and their trusted steeds in shaping our sustenance. This evocative print by General from TopFoto not only captures a moment frozen in time but also pays homage to those who have dedicated their lives to cultivating our precious earth.

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