We came to the south from Perth by special train on the 29th November 1939. On the train we had 500 sheep, 1 goat, dairy cattle (only 5 cows that had passed the TB test) and younger dairy cattle (Ayreshires) and 4 horses (2 working and 2 young colts). There was one shepherd single, and others who were married: cowman and four children, horseman and family (Billie Stewart youngest daughter), herdsman. We also brought several tons of seed potatoes and seed grain.
Then there was all the equipment and one tractor or tractors, then all the small tools and all the supporting equipment, etc. The train had a tractor and some equipment on it, and it was a special train and came in to Higham Ferrers station. All us kids did create a stir in the village.
The locals were very taken up with the sheep walking from Higham Station and the dogs. They had never seen anything like it. There were no lorries, everything walked this was as it used to be, the war changed everything.
There was another smaller train had come down in October at the Term Time [Michaelmas] with the Foreman and family, 2 single tractor drivers.
The landlord or government took away 400 acres of the land, so father rented other land in Huntingdonshire, which was not so convenient.
In Scotland we had a milk round and I delivered the milk from aged 9 until we left when I was 12. When our mother died in 1941 father took on a housekeeper.