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Saving the turf

Saving the turf

This is how they save the turf to fuel fires in the West of Ireland. After it’s cut, it’s spread flat for a few days to allow one side of it to dry; then it’s raised into little clumps like these ones called “rickles”. When it has hardened and dried in this position it is put into larger clumps on the side of the road and finally brought home in a trailer and tractor.
I had never seen the like of these little black clumps before and didn’t know what they were. I had great fun chasing around them but was careful not to knock any of them. The neighbouring farmer who had done all the work wouldn’t have appreciated it…

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Tom LeRoy26-Jun-2013 15:27
Thank you, Berna, for this informative turf lesson. An excellent and very cute image, Máire! V
Ken Duckert25-Jun-2013 14:55
These are a sight, but with the watch dog, priceless.
Yvonne25-Jun-2013 07:50
This is so interesting to read about, and I love how you've captured the little dog in the foreground! v
Bill Miller25-Jun-2013 07:13
Great picture and dog's eye view. Brings back happy memories of my days as a geologist working in Connemara. I have been thinking about a trip back later this year. This adds to that !
Frank Brault25-Jun-2013 01:52
Thanks Berna for the explanation. This is a fine image of you looking out at the turf dying. V
Ann...24-Jun-2013 22:09
Berna is certainly a very clever little girl.
Mairéad24-Jun-2013 20:55
You are most informative Berna. Love the smell of a turf fire.
Sheena Woodhead24-Jun-2013 20:48
Oh Berna you learn something new every day!