With a beautiful and diverse collection of photographs and illustrations, this book perfectly captures the stories and memories of a traditional Manx farm during the Second World War.
Meet the Boss and his wife “The Missus”, and the hard-working farmhands who keep the day-to-day workings of Ballachurry going, despite the demands of the war effort and the enigmatic new workers from the nearby internment camps who are employed to help.
From the milking to the calving of cows to ploughing fields and stacking hay, there’s not a dull moment on Ballachurry with the mischievous antics of the Boss and his workers. A frightening buggane, a wild pig chase and a feud with a “Portugee” are just a handful of the charming stories that pepper the overall month-by-month account of a farming year in the 1940s.
Written by Captain of the Parish Stanley Clucas,”A Year on Ballachurry Farm” is a very personal book with photographs taken from the Clucas family album and from local farmers in the Rushen Community. Stanley writes with special affection and humour of farming through the changing seasons, illustrating the colour and rhythm of the busy farm that has been in his family for almost a hundred years.