On accepting the kind offer from Marina and Don John (my new friends met on the ferry), I went off to Point to ‘take the peats home’ . It was wonderful to take part in such an important event in the family peat calender and I was made feel most welcome by all present. Don John told me that, in the past, the area would have been full of families collecting their peat therefore creating a wonderful sense of community and celebration at that time of year. Researching this further, I came across beautiful archive footage of cutting and taking the peats home in Lewis on Scottish Screen Archive
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and value the opportunity to meet such lovely warm people who welcomed me to their peat bank and home . After a barbeque and much chat, music and hilarity, I even had the experience of throwing the first peat on the fire ! Most lucky indeed!