To exist on the farm in the early part of the 20th century was to be self-sufficient. Living under a thatched roof, all the cleaning and washing was carried out with a scrubbing-board., and life was hard. The work was not confined to the house, and Molly Kelly would sow oats and rye by hand. Even the drawing of water from the well was left to Molly as was soapmaking with caustic soda and dripping. The hands of all the women were wrinkled from working with this soap recalled Molly in a fine and detailed recording.