Sunday, 1 February 2009

1st February - Great Day to start the month

Today the weather is wonderful. Sky is dark blue with almost no cloud. Earlier we took the dogs for a walk on the moor to enjoy the day. The temperature had just hit freezing and the puddles were covered with a thin skin of ice in beautiful cobweb patterns. Couldn't resist taking a few photos out there......


Little dog Heather made a pretty picture against the skyline running over the ling heather. This part of the moor was burned about two years ago and the heather cover is only about four inches long. This is best for the sheep to graze on as there are plenty of shoots coming through and because it is so short, any holes in the moor where the peat underneath has worn away are visible so the sheep can safely graze. If the cold dry winds continue I have my fingers crossed that we can continue with the "falaisgean" (heather burns) and get some good photos.

Then we came across one of our peat stacks - after we had cut and dried the peats in May last year, we stacked them up and put turf over them to keep them safe from the weather until we needed them. Just to check the condition of the peats, we removed one or two of the turves and had a look.......

Beautiful and dry. Hard and black. These peats will burn like coal when the time comes. The forecast is giving news of snow and cold winds next week, so maybe we will be glad of extra peats for the stove.
At the end of the track we found an old electricity transformer that had stopped working during the last series of power cuts we had a couple of weeks ago. The power company had to bring a helicopter to lift this transformer from its position on a light pole near to Eilean Glas lighthouse which does not have vehicle access. Here's a picture of a light pole with a similar transformer attached to it:

2 comments:

donnie said...

a proper sunny adventure

Calana Crafts said...

Wish I had your legs so that I could take a walk to the moor, Oh well I'll just have to sit home and knit for a change LOL.....