Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Black House

The Clearances also got to the Outer Hebrides, and all over
the island are abandoned dry-stone dwellings, usually just
the walls--black houses. When they got to using mortar,
they became known as white houses. Anyhow, there are
black houses on exhibit near Bragar, which we visited.
Above, Vicki outside the black house; note netting, held
down by stones, holding the thatch roof down.


Hearth--that is, peat coals burning in the middle of the floor
--no chimney; easier to smoke fish that way...

Box beds

Of course, the animals lived under the same roof too

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