Thursday, November 01, 2007

For Peats' Sake.

Isle of Lewis resident, Jock Murray, had an idea to raise some money for Leukaemia Research.

He persuaded some local Crofters to bare all for The Lewis Peat Calendar 2008.
Local photographer John MacLean, who could not face taking the shots in colour/color, managed to capture the brave lads cutting peat in black and white.

Some more of the contents of this charity Calendar can be viewed, and purchase can be made from John's website here:
He also has some neat photographs of Lewis here:
On a personal note, I include below a photograph of my Mum, Dad & Aunt Annie, cutting peats on Lewis, many years ago.


Blogger Sushiboy said...

Isn't an Isle of Lewis also a style of a chess set? In Particular the set we see wizards chess for the first time in Harry Potter?

10:44 PM  
Blogger Special K said...

What the hell is 'cutting peat'?
Just a dumb Kentuckian over here..

11:07 PM  
Anonymous John MacLean said...

Many thanks for the plug and links :-)


4:52 AM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Sushi; Yes, those particular chess pieces were found at Uig bay on Lewis. The Wiki entry is here.
John MacLean has an image of some pieces here.

Special K, I apologise for my lack of consideration. Peat, which is the plant material precursor to coal before extended pressure, can be harvested as a fuel. It is cut into thick slab like tiles and stacked to allow it to dry out. Although most crofts now have a natural gas supply for heating and cooking, peat was used extensively in the past, and burned in range style stoves/cookers. I assume it is still cut and harvested because it is essentially free, albeit hard graft to bring home.
More info from Wiki here.

John, my pleasure. Your photography is excellent. May your bandwidth be infinite!

6:44 AM  
Blogger Skylers Dad said...

Very interesting Sans, I learned something here.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Special K said...

Thank you Sans, this was very interesting and educational !

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the family pic, Sans! My, what a nice smile your mum's got.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

For peat's sake.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

didn't those ladies, the ones that they made a movie about, do a nude calendar for cancer research?

I think they're brilliant.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Skyler's Dad, thank you.

Special K, thank you.

Dick, I'll pass that on to her!

Dale, it is hard graft.

Teri; Yes, I believe the original "Calendar Girls" also collected for Leukaemia Research.
Some info here.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Teri, I just had a thought. Why don't you organize a Nekked Blogger Charity Calendar?
That would be fun!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

I'm a moron, somehow I thought I was being clever in saying 'for peat's sake' when that was the title of your post to begin with. I am so ashamed.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

Dale, I have to admit I have done the very same thing. It was a good lesson for me, as I now always check the post title before I comment.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Sans Pantaloons said...

P.S. you are not a moron. You are a highly intelligent intuitive scholar and a handsome renaissance man with enormous talent.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Hot Lemon said...

Pete Cutter?? Well, redrum, I went to school w/that guy!!

5:15 PM  

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