A Croft in the Hills

A Croft in the Hills A real classic among Highland books A Croft in the Hills captures in simple moving descriptions what it was really like trying to make a living out of a hill croft fifty years ago A couple and the

  • Title: A Croft in the Hills
  • Author: Katharine Stewart
  • ISBN: 9781841587912
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Croft in the Hills

    A real classic among Highland books, A Croft in the Hills captures, in simple, moving descriptions, what it was really like trying to make a living out of a hill croft fifty years ago A couple and their young daughter, fresh from city life, immerse themselves in the practicalities of looking after sheep, cattle and hens, mending fences, baking bread and surviving the worsA real classic among Highland books, A Croft in the Hills captures, in simple, moving descriptions, what it was really like trying to make a living out of a hill croft fifty years ago A couple and their young daughter, fresh from city life, immerse themselves in the practicalities of looking after sheep, cattle and hens, mending fences, baking bread and surviving the worst that Scottish winters can throw at them.

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    1. Jeanne Adamek

      It was a humbling experience reading this memoir. I love reading about peoples passions. Reading about Katharine Stewarts passion and plunge into trying to make a living out of a hill croft (near Loch Ness) was wonderful. The joys, but also the hardships that she, her husband and their daughter went through.Katharine Stewart writes beautifully. I often went back to passages so that I could absorb them. What shines throughout the whole book is the joy in living even when things were not working o [...]

    2. Marigold

      A memoir about a Scottish family who decide to buy a small farm ("croft") in the hills near Loch Ness, & their experiences as they try to make a living & raise their young daughter along with numerous cows, goats, hens, horses, pigs, and more! I have a different edition of this book than pictured, I found it at the Multnomah County Library Book Sale. It has the cutest pen and ink line drawings by Anne Shortreed. The book was first published in 1960. I was attracted to this because my mom [...]

    3. Katharine Harding

      A beautifully written account of crofting in the 1960s. Life was very tough but also very rewarding, with an amazing community spirit. The author is understandably passionate about that way of life, and although I can see what she means, I didn't always agree about the ills of modern life and a simpler existence with nature being the cure. I think it's a bit more complicated than that!It was a great book though - full of peace and serenity, and a good escape from things for a little while.

    4. Lucy

      I liked this, but only up to a point. As the book went on, I got more and more tired of her comparisons between country and city life. Country life is apparently all idyllic and healthy, whereas if you live in the city you'll spend all your time eating chips and fighting. Not convinced.

    5. Clare

      MemoriesReminded me of my time working with bodies my very first employed position. The hardships , responsibility, tiredness and rewards.

    6. Kenny

      A nicely diverting book. Published in 1960, and about her family's decision to move from the city to a croft near Abriachan, it documents a way of life that was vanishing then, and has (surely pretty much completely?) gone now. As subsistence farmers, she's clear that it's a lot of hard work, but is overwhelmingly positive about it - perhaps too so. At times she lectures on how modernity was separating people from happiness which the country doesn't, which at times felt a little too much like be [...]

    7. Grace Turner

      "'How lonely she must be!' several of our friends said, at various times. They no doubt had a picture in their minds of one small girl surrounded by acres and acres of solitude and quiet Alone she undoubtedly is, in the sense that each one of us is alone, to the end of time. But she has learnt to face that aloneness from the start, she has grown up with it, so that she knows it's not a fearful thing. It will never become a bogy, to be dodged, but is already a companion she can walk with hand in [...]

    8. Kim

      The only reason I picked this book was that I needed one with the name of our road in the title- for the summer challenge. I actually found it really fascinating. It was an account of farming on a croft in the highlands of Scotland- where they had no running water and only electric lighting. Everything else had to be done by hand- and vehicles couldn't get right up to the farm.My dad spent part of his childhood on a hill farm in Wales with very similar conditions and it brought all his stories b [...]

    9. Karen

      This is a classic highland book, first published in 1960. Stewart describes her family’s move to a derelict croft in the hills above Loch Ness, and their struggles to make a living off the land. It’s written in a very simple and descriptive style but her passion for, and connection to the land, comes across strongly. It’s interesting from a historical perspective since it records a way of life mostly gone now. The family eventually had to move and find other jobs as it became impossible to [...]

    10. David

      From the endorsement given by Neil M Gunn, I expected this to be a Highland novel, but it's an insightful, factual account of family life above Loch Ness in what appears to be the late 50s/early 60s. In keeping with the exacting standards of behaviour and respect the author admires, this is beautifully and precisely written, with obvious care and expertise. That she became a regular contributor to journals and magazines is no surprise. Sentiments expressed about the pleasures to be taken from ha [...]

    11. Tynaja

      What a positive book!!! Katharine writes with passion for lovely scottish countryside, I have feeling she enjoys everything, included hardships they had to encounter. I am very strict when "awarding" this story only with 3 stars, but this is because of hard English. I could not read fluently as a lot of words were unknown for me. Otherwise very pleasant reading, I am hesitating if to take also A garden in the hills, I am wondering if the second book is better or not.

    12. Donna Lahue

      I've always been interested in Scotland so when I found this book in a used bookstore I snatched it up. It's a very simple but descriptive book on growing up and crofting in Scotland. When I think about the story I always long for what seems the peaceful and satisfying life that Katharine and her family led. They worked harder than most but seemed happier than most of us will ever be. I often return to various chapters in the book when I need some calm in my life.

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