Today, the Builder and I went to the peats.
To get to the stage seen here,
the peat bank is turfed ...
... and then 'cleaned' with the spade.
Then the taraisgeir - the peat iron - is used ...
to slice into the peat,
and cut one out of the bank.
This peat is then lifted out,
and thrown, either on the top of the bank, as seen here, or on the bottom.
The peat is then left to dry in our beautiful warm, dry weather, and will be ready for the next stage - the lifting - in a couple of weeks.
If the weather doesn't oblige, that time scale will be increased.... ;)
By the way ...
Have you ever been anywhere where there is absolute silence?
When the Builder and I sat to have our cuppa, we sat for some time listening to ...
In between the occasional sound from a bird, there was simply no sound to be heard. Nope, not even the wind today!
Have you ever heard silence? It is actually a most wonderful sound.
This was taken on our way home. It was brighter in towards the villages, and the blue skies were a welcome sight.
I would like to make clear that I was using the taraisgeir and the Builder took over only for the photos. I can assure you, I have the aching shins and arm muscles to prove it.
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This is the first stage of our work in the peats. We will have to lift them when they've dried off a bit, gather them when they are totally dry, and eventually take them home! All being well, this peat will keep us warm all winter, and in addition to that obvious benefit, we will also have the the smell of burning peat.