Summer and Old Friends

The peat is being dried out, having been cut.  Once dried, it will be brought home to be stored and then burned.

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The peat bank is allocated to the croft and the peat is cut out of the peat bank using a tushkar (special tool).  Once stacked, It is then left for a few months to dry by the Spring wind.  There are various stacking methods and this is one way. – a precisely built wall.

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Another method is small pyramids – this is how I was taught by my neighbour.

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And there is this another – larger pyramids.  New to me but, apparently,  used all over Shetland.

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The hills and pastures appear to have a slight scattering of “snow” on them.

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It is everywhere and very beautiful.

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On closer inspection, it is not snow but bog cotton/cotton grass (Eriophorum) or “lukki-minnie’s oo” – and this summer seems to be a particularly good year for this strange plant. Apparently, in very early times, children did not wear nappies during the day but at night they had a wad of bog-cotton heads to help keep them dry.  Poor things!

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On another note, Lambie is doing very well, now he has come to terms with being sheared, shorn or whatever.  Although underneath, he is a different shape, he will always be my little lamb. Some days he is more aloof than others but deep down he still a Muzzah’s boy and I will always love him.

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I have never met such a sensitive animal.  Only a mother could love him.

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