When I wrote my post about the mobile library I was reminded of my holidays, as a youngster, in the highlands of Scotland. I had two uncles who were farmers in Caithness, one uncle at Burrigle and the other at Boultach.
This is the croft where my dad and his brothers were raised.
This is Boultach in more recent times.
I have so many happy memories of my holidays there and at Burrigle. The reason the mobile library reminded me was that there was a service provided to the farmers and outlying cottages in the highlands but this was not a library service it was a grocery service.
You need to remember that this was back in the late fifties early sixties. A van used to come to the farm, and as children we looked forward to the visit with much anticipation as we would be able to spend our small amount of pocket money. You were able to board the van and inside there were shelves on either side. The shelves housed various grocery items but there was also a selection of sweeties – that’s what we were after. He also delivered the mail and the newspapers.
My memory is not so good but I think it used to call at the farm once a fortnight, it could have been more or less frequently, I’m not sure. My elder sister remembered that the van was operated by Charlie Kemp, he owned the grocery shop/post office in Latheronwheel which was the nearest village.