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Living in Cumberland


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Mr. Wilfrid Roberts
(Newcastle Programme)
This morning's talk in this vivid series will show listeners the housewife of the fells: a woman who is wife, mother, needlewoman, cook, gardener, dairy-maid, poultry-keeper and often the manager of the farm. A thrifty, hard-working, self-reliant body; up at cock-crow, clattering in clogs across the flagged floors, lighting the fire with faggots brought in overnight, drawing the water from the well.
From before dawn to long after dusk she is on the go, a picturesque figure in her dark frock and bright coloured apron; milking the cows twice a day, digging a bit of garden, plucking the cockerel she has killed for Sunday, or baking girdle cakes in the 'high ovens' of her whitwashed farm.
Always working. No sooner are the children back from school hungry for their meal than in come the men from work hungry for theirs. And even when the last plate is washed up and the children are in bed, and her husband's pipe scents the dark, silent house, her work begins again. There are Johnny's pants to darn, or she must go out with the storm-lamp to give a last feed to the newly-hatched chicks.
She possesses few of the amenities of life. She seldom has the chance of a gossip, yet is she unhappy? Wilfrid Roberts - a Cumberland farmer, too, who meets her and her prototype every day-can best answer the question. He is not only showing characteristic types in these broadcasts, but the extent to which they are resisting the changes of modern life; changes which are even creeping into the fells.


Speaker: Mr. Wilfrid Roberts

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