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Archive for November 26th, 2014

The Lone Shieling

A shieling

A shieling

Cape Breton Island is filled with little surprises. Ever wonder what the sheep herders used for shelter? Here is the picture of a traditional Scottish sheep herder’s shelter. Inside you can see the stone bunks that look very uncomfortable. Fragrant pallets of heather or bracken covered the bunks when in use.

Stone bunks inside

Stone bunks inside

The opened end of the shelter would be closed up and the shepherds could build a fire on the dirt floor. Peat was burned to provide heat and light.

This open end would be would be closed in with peat sods during storms

This open end would be would be closed in with peat sods during storms

A nearby stream provided water.
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