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Arnol Blackhouse

overcast 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.

Posted by pythagnz 10:07 Archived in Scotland

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Sounds like you're having a brilliant holiday. Amazing selection of wildlife too.

Good to hear all the flight connections worked!


by redcliffs

We received the postcard you sent about this Blackhouse.
Looking forward to seeing the photos of the main attractions - rocks and water!

by stephenclarke13

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