Today, we took home the peats we'd cut and lifted, so that's the whole 'peats' thing done for another year.
So many things about the peats feel so good:
my boots get worn - not much that feels better than that;
fresh air and hard work;
kids experiencing work and pleasure at the same time.
It really did feel good to see the peats being loaded onto the trailer in the knowledge that this will be a source of lovely warmth throughout the winter.
Last winter, our homeschooling was so cozy with our little stove warming our kitchen.
Today, all we had to do was to throw the peats that had already been gathered into the trailer.
The peats had already been cut, dried, lifted and stacked - now they are at home and will be made into a peat stack beside our house.
This is the same peat bank. Now that the peat is in the trailer, all that is left are the 'dregs' - the caoranan - which were taken home in bags and are now stored in the garage.
While the tractor was at home with the first load of peats, Catherine, Katie and I filled the bags with all the bits of peat that had been left. These caoranan are too small for the peat stack, and are taken home in bags.
By the time the Builder and the Wee Guy had come back, we'd finished the bag-filling.
The bags we use are the plastic bags Big Brother has had for the sheep's feed throughout the year.
I guess this is what is called recycling nowadays.
It used to simply be 'waste not, want not'.
As well as being thankful for this wonderful resource today, we couldn't but feel very thankful for a day's work in the peats with no midges.
Anyone who has spent some time involved in The Peats knows that the midges can make working on the moor unbearable! Today's breeze made sure we had a midge-free day.
That, along with the peats being home and ready for burning in the stove makes for a ... Yipee! moment.
That, and a "Thank You, Lord, once again, for this gift - this free source of energy on our doorstep. Thank You for the health and the strength to work in them, and for the gift of sunshine and wind that has ensured they have dried, making them suitable for burning."
Whether in providence or in grace, we have countless blessings for with to be thankful for.