Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 17

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Thurs 30th
I fed Darkie (Les's horse) at 6 oclock this morning & an hour later started for Ezbet-Soo-Down & had a hot long ride through cultivated plots following foot-pads; The barley is just ripening & some of the crops are being cut; All the beans crops have been cut & a good many farmers have it carted in & are now busy breaking it up, or thrashing it;

This done with an implement very much like the discs of a disc harrow two cows pull the disc round & round the stack & fresh sheaves are thrown under the discs at intervals; after this is finished the chaff is forked into the air to separate the grain beans from the chaff, the cattle are fed on the chaff; The same performance is gone through with barley & it is the straw (or tibbin) that we have been feeding on ever since we have in Egypt.
At 10.30 this morning I pulled up at a well

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