Spring work in the West Side of Shetland was done according...
Date 28 September 1970
Track ID 44316
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1970.252

Original Tape ID

SA1970.252

Summary

Spring work in the West Side of Shetland was done according to the the tides; a sowing custom.

Voar [spring] work and even activities like the setting of a hen with a clutch of eggs, were best undertaken at certain tides, owing to the moon's influence. Sowing customs varied from place to place, but an egg or small Shetland brunie [oatcake] was often placed at the bottom of the straw seed keshie [basket] to improve fertility. Jimmy Johnson is not sure what was done with the brunie after sowing was over.

Recording Location

County - Shetland

Parish - Sandsting

Island - Shetland Mainland

Village - Reawick

Item Location

County - Shetland

Parish - Sandsting

Island - Shetland Mainland

Language

English

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS