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Charismatic Cows and Beefcake Bulls

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In this lively and humorous account of a farming life that starts in the late 1930s and ends in the early '50s, Sonia shows that she has the knack of writing anecdotes which bring to life the varied - and sometimes weird - characters with whom she worked; both people and animals. At various points, a cow in a clothes shop, a mischievous mare and even a slightly puzzled pigeon have crossed her path, not to mention the eccentric farmers who tried to keep order on their farms. If they went too far, they were soon put in their place by Sonia's stubborn temper. Sonia milked numerous cows (mostly by hand), undertook all sorts of other farm work and achieved her tractor-driving ambition. The bulk of her experience was in the St Austell area of Cornwall, though she also had spells of farm work in Surrey and Gloucestershire. The farms ranged in size from one-horse establishments to the great Caerhays estate. With such variety, Sonia has been able to give a detailed view of what life was like for a farm worker in the last days of the horse. She provides interesting insights into how things were done and some


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Pages 164
Publish Date 2019-10-01
Size 0.0" x 0.0" x 0.0"
Author Sonia Kurta
Product Form Paperback

About the Author

Sonia Kurta grew up near London. At the outbreak of war Sonia's mother 'unofficially' evacuated her to the Gloucestershire Cotswolds where her love of animals and farming intensified. She had her first full-time farm job in 1942, the start of the eleven years described in Charismatic Cows and Beefcake Bulls.Sonia returned to education, completing a degree in general agriculture at Newcastle, after which she specialised in agricultural economics. This led to a successful career with the Department of Farm Economics, School of Agriculture, University of Cambridge where she remained for seven years.Sonia was keen to return to practical farming. She and her husband ran their own market garden for twenty-five years. She lives near Cambridge with her dog, Pippa.

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