Sally took me over to a nearby farm where the two girls [John and Sally’s daughters Caroline and Emma] were having a pony club camp and I asked the owner for work. He took me on for a couple of days hay-carting. I struggled all day with an unfit body and bad asthma brought on by the hay¹. I wasn’t offered any food or a place to stay but the farm’s worker, Duncan, said that I could doss down at his cottage.
After we finished work for the day, Duncan and I went to another farm and spent three hours carting hay there. That netted me ￡15!
¹I have always been allergic both to hay and to grain. The dust and pollen from these gives me asthma.