A study of casual agricultural labour and farm work in Dorset involving sheep shearing and lambing, hurdlemaking and forestry, cidermaking and scything. Also included are many anecdotes about farm work and accounts from 19th century reports into working conditions on farms. Links in with the books Dorset Man, Dorset Women and Dorset Coast. Also included are tales of smuggling on the Dorset Coast. James’s great, great grandfather, also called James Crowden, was a coastguard at Lulworth Cove in the 1840s.