Sunday, March 31, 2013

Irish Thatched Cottage

Bothan Scóir, was usually a small, basic one roomed cottage of the poor landless labourer who worked for the local landlord.
The walls of the cottage were whitewashed inside and out, whitewash was a solution of lime powdered down and mixed with water.  Over the years the accumulation of whitewash helped weatherproof the cottage. In some districts a touch of colour was added.
Most cottages had half doors and earthen floors. The earthen floor comprised of gravel, straw, sand, dirt and clay, sealed with linseed oil. Because of the unevenness of some floors, three legged pots and stools were used, some stools had legs with slightly different lengths, making it easy to position them on such floors.
I took the photo's last August on a visit to Bunratty Folk Park. 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Frozen Over

A Day for Wrapping Up and Getting Out

Believe it or not, the sun is shining

The Sky is Blue 

The trees are white

The ducks are happy

Athlunkard Bridge is looking splendid
And the river is almost frozen.