Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

In the Bog 2012

A great day’s work today in the bog helping my mother bring in the turf or at least some steps in the process to bring up the turf.

We stacked turf and made reckles the four of us and joked and had a bit of craic.

The rain stayed off til we’d done what we could manage. It’s backbreaking but peaceful work. I love the small purple flowers in the heather with their tiny bells hanging off them and the details in the sods.

Nephin mountain borders that bog, like I said it’s ever so peaceful out there. No nicer place to work, no matter how hard it can be physically it’s somehow twice as rewarding. We may return again in the morning and carry on if the weather holds, but I suspect it won’t.

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