The women were planting the tatties and neeps and howking
them from the ground while the men were ploughing the fields.
You wouldn't sit in a room full of strangers howking
your nose, so please don't think you can do it without censure, even if you are on a trunk road.
Children learn about poor men - fighting the wars, howking
out coal in pits miles below the Earth's surface, humping cargoes along the docks, riveting the hulls of ships - or hunching, jobless and hungry, on street corners.
He is the son of a postman and a factory worker and once said: "My ancestors were digging roads or howking
We are perhaps even more fortunate that the arch-depredator Canon Greenwell decided against a thorough pillaging of the dolmens of Brittany, 'where I had hoped to have some howking
of dolmens etc .
The Beechgrove Garden Lesley Watson, left, hangs up her purple wellies for the last time after 16 years of howking
tatties and protecting marigolds from frosts.
Spare a thought for the people who came from the west of Ireland to harvest Scotland's potato crop - the backbreaking work of howking
them out of the ground - from the 19th century to the early 1980s.
As a boy, who had quickly appreciated the realities of life, he strengthened his legs by walking in heavy collier's boots, thus respecting his father and devoted admirer, who had fed the family by howking
coal from the pits in Lanarkshire.
In a pub toilet in Motherwell, I remember watching a pal making a beeline for the door right after howking
up his zip.
Jackie also had a wee pop at yours truly for not howking
out even more sharks from the murky waters of the racing game.
For the first time in my life, I was howking
like a pro.
Close-ups of a scalpel- wielding surgeon howking
away under a woman's skin - for all the world like a starving terrier retrieving a buried bone - is not my idea of late-night telly.