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Milk My Ewes and Weep - Joyce Fussey

Paul Elek, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper.

2nd printing. [First Published: Same year] From the cover: “When Joyce Fussey and her family moved sixty miles from Kingston-upon-Hull to Westwath, on the Yorkshire Moors, they entered a completely new world: one in which the creature comforts of suburbia were exchanged for the rigorous life-style of the isolated farmer.

Without any previous experience whatever, Mrs Fussey had to learn to cope with a myriad agricultural matters and a succession of eccentric paying guests. The animals in her care proved every bit as idiosyncratic as the human beings, and she found herself in a variety of hilarious and totally novel situations: playing Pied Piper to a flock of errant sheep; serenaded at midnight by a trio of hungry bullocks; reluctantly supervising the love-life of her ewes. At first she couldn’t even milk a cow, but at the end of the first year she was clipping sheep, delivering calves, and managing a dozen ducklings as if to the manner born… as well as coping with less romantic activities —mucking out cowsheds and unblocking drains.

Most of the weeping at Westwath was for joy, not sorrow, but it wasn’t all plain-sailing. Still, Mrs Fussey preserved unsink-able buoyancy, and somehow, despite all these activities, found time to chronicle her adventures in this warm and compelling account of farm life.

Milk My Ewes And Weep will appeal to the general reader, to all animal-lovers, and to anyone who has ever dreamed of going ‘back to the land’..”


Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 131 pages.
£7.50