The Milk Round
It was a long day. The cows had to be milked at 5 o’clock in the
morning and the milk had to be put through the coolers. All the milking
was done by hand; they had stools to sit on. The milk was put into milk
cans and had to be carried from the cottage, across the path to where my
two cousins lived. They used to have to load them onto the cart and take
the milk out. The milk was delivered to houses all around Jeffcock Road
and Penn Fields. People used to put a jug out on the front step and the
can of milk would be carried to the front door and the jug would be
filled from a measure. There was a pint measure, a half-pint measure and
a quart measure. My cousins would take the milk out for the second round
at about three o’clock in the afternoon. It was a hard but good life.
The Common Today
The common looks very different these days; there’s trees everywhere.
There used to be just heather and gorse bushes. The gorse bushes used to
look lovely in the summer, nice and gold they were all over.