Jarrod appears in this painting a dozen times and is engaged in various farming activities. The building behind him is also ephemeral with the distant fellside showing through. . . as though we are looking back to a period before the building was erected in the 17th century. A bastle house is a semi-fortified construction built to protect it's occupants from the marauding Scots. Animals would be kept downstairs and this would make things warmer for people living upstairs.