Retting FlaxWednesday 26th June 2013
Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to grow flax for making linen. In the eighteenth century it was a thriving industry in the highlands.
Part of the process was "retting", which separated the fibres from the plant by using water and bacteria. This took place in natural or man made ponds, lochans, or bogs. All readily available in the Highlands.
The industry diminished with the growing supply of cotton from abroad during the nineteenth century. However, traces still remain. This is a retting bog at Bal na Moan, (the town of the bog) near Pitlochry, where the flax continues to grow.
This Spring, Lady, an osprey who returns to the Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld each year, had her 50th chick. ...Friday 21st June 2013
It is Spring
The late spring has had an amazing effect on the trees and bushes. ...Thursday 27th June 2013
A Blast From the Past
Ballauns, or cursing stones, a hangover from pagan times, have been found in Ireland, but very few in Scotland until recently. ...Friday 7th June 2013