07.09.2011 - 07.09.2011 13 °C
Today's agenda was a visit to a reconstructed blackhouse and a Norse mill. A blackhouse is a traditional house made of stone (everything here is made of stone - wood is in short supply) with a turf and thatch roof. Sounds a bit lilke a broch? Yes, except it is horizontal, not vertical. Animals were kept at one end of it or in the outer rooms. Again there was a fireplace in the middle of the main room and box beds for the family. The blackhouse is called a blackhouse because more recently the building style changed to whitehouses ie a more modern looking house that was limed on the outside giving it a white appearance.
Nearby there is a Norse mill. This one has two buildings - one had a hopper which grain was fed in to with a millstone powered by water diverted from the stream. The other building had a drying kiln.
After lunch Louise and I practised karate in the community hall. The weather is still grey and we are having a fire tonight.
My wildlife tally now includes a heron, snipe, grouse, ravens, crows, bunnies, a slow worm (looks like a snake), a curlew, a robin red-breast and a dozen rockdoves who come every day to have breakfast on the lawn.