From the middle of May to July or even later the cutting and saving of the turf starts. It is an annual ritual for a lot of families in rural Ireland today, even though other fuels are used such as oil, coal and electricity. It is turf that is still the main fuel in the countryside and the rural towns.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Summer's work - Winter's fuel
The turf bank in the background & Bog Cotton.
In the last century it was quite common for these flowers to be
collected and stuffed into pillows.
has to be turned frequently by hand before it can be stacked.
from the large heaps (that remind me of ancient beehive huts)
to these small stacks that are called footings.
In a wet summer the heap will dry qicker than the footings
because of the way in which it is built , it allows the rain to run off.
Constructed in similar style to the beeehive huts that are built
out of dry stone which is angled upwards, preventing the ingress
of rain into the chamber which remains dry.
When the Turf is brought home it is stored in a shed or built as a
large freestanding heap called a clamp in the backyard.