Drying Grass

From time to time I do a post about the Faeroe Islands. These specks of land,, way up in the North Atlantic towards Iceland, were important in World War II. Information gathered there helped our side to know what was going on in the vastness of the ocean and helped in making sure conveys carrying cargoes got through to the required destination.

My father in law, a wireless operator, was sent there in 1944. He had time to take photos and record what they were. This is one of his shots.

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It looks like a couple of buildings, but those aren’t fences.

It would be hard to know just what was going on without his caption.

Father in law explains what the picture is about

Father in law explains what the picture is about

What looks like fences is actually grass being hung up to dry. Some winter hay was needed to keep horses going through the cold season but the uncertain weather on the islands made producing hay quite a problem.

Sixty years later when we travelled where father in law had been we could still see the same process.

The same process 60 years on

The same process 60 years on

Nets have been hung up to contain the grass which keeps it off the ground and allows the wind to do its drying best.

Back then – and it was ten years ago – the Faeroes were an odd mix of seemingly archaic agriculture like this alongside very 21st century living.

Perhaps that’s what made them such a magical place to go.

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