In the days when we were both in "normal" jobs, and we were tied to offices from 9 to 5 (or more often from 8 to 6 in the case of Stevan) most days of the week, weekends were important breaks from the pressures and routine of working.  Now, weekends do not represent the freedom from work that they did in those days, and week days tend to meld into weekends in a way that is rather good!

However, it has been a busy weekend this weekend.  You may recall a previous blog entry where I talked about the archaeological work that was taking place in Assynt.  Well most of that work is now complete, and there was an event organised to show the results of the most recent dig at a longhouse that was cleared around 1812, and to celebrate the sorts of crafts that would have been carried out during those days.

[caption id="attachment_4706" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Carding wool"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4707" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Note two beautifully hand knitted sweaters!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4708" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Spinning"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4709" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Knitting"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4710" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Basket Making"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_4711" align="aligncenter" width="186" caption="Mandy's Creel (still used for collecting seaweed)"][/caption]

We had a wonderful peat fire burning outside, enticing folk in by the very evocative smell:

While we all worked away on various crafts, Gordon built up a model of what the long house could have looked like:

Here is an artist's impression of how it is thought Glenleraig Longhouse may have looked:


A good, fun day.