Fàilte! (Welcome!)

Fàilte! (Welcome!)
This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the 'Siamese-twins' of Harris and Lewis.
My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of everything that I have written (not least because parts are, perhaps, pioneering) but I have done my best to check for any errors.
My family mainly lived along the shore of the Sound of Harris, from An-t-Ob and Srannda to Roghadal, but one family 'moved' to Direcleit in the Baighs...

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Friday, 2 April 2010

F is for... Feannagan

Feannagan or 'lazybeds' at Liceasto, Bays of Harris
These characteristic features allow crops to be grown in the thin soil and damp conditions of the Western Isles. The wide ridges provide depth whilst the narrow furrows give drainage. In this example there is a herringbone pattern with a central 'spinal' stream taking excess water to the loch below.

Further reading: http://thecroft.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/lazy-beds/

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