|This interview, with Gordon Hastie (b. 1952 at Melvin Hall near Ormiston), is conducted by Gordon’s wife, Vivien. In 1958, his family moved to Alderston Mains, where Gordon and his family still live. Gordon talks about his early childhood, remembering both farm life and his time at school. At school, he recalls that he was the 48th pupil to join his Haddington primary class when he moved there, aged 6. He talks about the games played in the playground and, later, the sports – including rugby – which he played from senior school. He also recalls being in the chorus for various theatrical performances, again at senior school. One of the games he remembers playing was called ‘Romans and Caledonians’ and he thought this must have been a response to a school project at the time. He also talks about how Haddington has changed over the years, noting the number of shops there were in the town when he was young and mentioning many by name. He recalls the travelling vans which visited the farm to bring provisions such as butcher meat, bakery and fish. Gordon was interested in horses and farm life from an early age and recalls helping with the Clydesdale horses, who did most of the farm work when he was a young child. He could remember the introduction of tractors and explains how this changed the way work was done on the farm. Gordon talks about how farming has changed over time, with respect to both the particular make-up of his family farm and more generally. He recalls the changeover from the travelling mills to the combine harvester and changes in potato harvesting. From mixed farming in the early days, Alderston Mains developed to be a dairy and beef farm and is currently working up to a herd of 450 cows. To run the farm there is Gordon, 2 sons, 2 workers (for the cows) and a further worker (tractor). He remarks that this is more staff than there has been on the farm for many years.