Each Eirisgeidh – Eriskay Pony. North Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist
In the Gaelic, Each means not pony but horse. Back in the day, this was how big a horse was! In the 20th C, when the Eriskay gained official recognition as a breed, it’s small size relative to modern-era ‘domesticated’ horses earned it an English-language name designation as a pony. Today, the Eriskay Pony is one of the rarest breeds of horse or pony in existence.
Another sparkling but icy cold day. After lunch I took the trailer over to Tipperton – at the very south-west most corner of South Uist – and loaded it up with seaweed from the strandline. Boiler-suit, wellies, gloves, hat, wheelbarrow, garden fork … and two hours immersed in nature and the task in hand.
Oh, one thing else in the tool-kit : the digital SLR camera – and telephoto zoom lens.
Back at the walled garden, I reversed the trailer into position, then lowered the back ramp, revealing a neat vertical section through the mass of seaweed.
Oh, such riches!
I readied the barrow and fork ready for the unloading.
After a mug of tea and a natter with Denise, I readied myself.
Gloves and wellies on … Ready? … Go!
Collecting seaweed is good for the body, the mind, the stomach (via the compost heap and the garden) and for the soul.