My Attitude and Others Attitudes to Land Girls
None of this defeated me for I was determined to stick it out, and to succeed. I think many of the old men thought little of our abilities in the first instance, as I was to find on the several farms I was to work on. But toward the end there was a grudging admiration. I think too having comely young girls around made them remember their youth.
My Response to Work
All this was hard and new work to me for I was actively engaged in the open air at unfamiliar tasks using unaccustomed muscles, so I ate heartily and at the end of a long day was more than ready for sleep. Here I developed my body and muscles, and, despite all the activity put on weight.
Leaving the Agricultural College
The time then came for me to leave. How we were assigned, I cannot recall but it probably had something to do with how well we had done, our aptitude for the work, our own wishes, and as we were so young with many under the age of 21 (when one became legally of age), our parents views. WLA management supervised us to see we were happy, properly paid and accommodated and not exploited. The WLA also cared about our moral welfare.
Just how all this was organized I cannot now recall distinctly, but I think there were a number of lady supervisors who called at the farms we were working on and talked to us and the farmers who employed us. This gave her the chance to see how we were doing and if we had any complaints that she could deal with. She then would speak to the farmer to sort out the difficulties, remind him of our terms of employment and/or arrange a transfer for us. These WLA supervisors were older and mature women sympathetic and understanding of our needs, and well able to cope with the quirks of old countrymen.