The peats on this bank had been gathered into little rùdhanan, making it a lot easier to fill the trailer.
As well as the peats going directly into the trailer, we also use plastic bags for the little bits of peat. These caoranan are normally bits that have broken off the peats: the 'blacker' the peat, the more brittle it is, and so we had a fair number of bags to fill as we went along.
The bank is being emptied of peat, and ...
... the trailer is filling.
Are you able to see what the Wee Guy is wearing. I did try and tell him that the Vikings are long gone, and the likelihood of us being attacked out the peats was next to zero.
He looked at me with that look that said, 'Mum, you keep living in your idyllic little world, but for us men, there are always battles to be fought.'
Others seem to have seen their fair share of battlefields.
Or peat bogs. Either way, he was disgustingly dirty.
When the going gets tough ...
...erm... the wimps head into the trailer so those with any strength can lift the bags into the trailer.
And that's the trailer all ready for going home with our first load of peats.
I did suggest to the Builder that he ought to learn to drive the tractor by himself, but it seems he still needs a little help from the Viking.
Earlier today, the Builder had made up a pallet thingy in readiness for the peats. This will mean the peats wont be soaking in moisture from the ground.
Today's final job was to stack the ...er, stack (the Gaelic word is stèidh, but I can't for the life of me think if there's an English translation).
All being well, we'll be able to bring the rest home in the next wee while. Meanwhile, we are thankful to see the beginning of our peat stack.
This is very early in the summer to be getting our peats home. It has been an unusually dry summer so far, and since we cut the peats, we've barely seen a drop of rain. This is all the more ironic given what the UK mainland have been going through over the past weeks with flooding in many areas.
Some other posts show more of life in the Peats.
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