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“As long as a wet week”

Monday 28 January, 2019, by Karen Griffiths

Our Media Officer Andrew Fagg has just written a delightful reminiscence about dairy farming in Wensleydale which has been published in the Yorkshire Post’s farming section.  We particularly love the quotes from Wensleydale dialect poet John Thwaite (1873-1941) which he has unearthed as proof of how central to local lives the dairy cow was last century.

Lines like this description of a ‘bonny rooan’ cow being auctioned at Hawes Market:

“Says Edwin ‘Who says sixty – a jingler that,’ says he
As long as a wet week, wi’  bag an’ tit for all to see.”

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Karen Griffiths

Interpretation Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


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