It does. I mean, our bottom field is very boggy and it’s clay over peat or peat over clay depending on which bit you’re in. And I think we ... It was all rushes when I got the croft and I did get it back in to producing hay, but almost every year we’d either bog a tractor or, there was one year, we bogged a baler down and we couldn’t move it and the tractor got bogged and we were carrying the hay to the baler and throwing it into the bailer and ... you know, it’s things that happen but it’s the way ... not the way things were done before but they’ve got ... and everybody was there. There was probably ten folk there, all getting involved in it and, as I say, even with the silage that’ll still happen. But life is busier now and people ... You can’t do that year after year and expect people to turn up and help you, you know. They’ll help you because: “Oh no, my baler’s stuck and how am I going to get my hay and it’s going to rain tomorrow cos it’s always going to rain tomorrow when your baler ...” But you can’t expect that every year and eventually ... I mean we’ve bought in most of our hay this year. We grow kale up the top and stuff like that, but most of it was probably bought in this year. And I’d like to get back to making the most of it, but I do think you need to do it on a bigger scale, which means it’s got to be communal.

  • Neil Robertson
Location:
Eigg
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2010
Reference:
SWI2010/002