Haymaking The Traditional Way3rd July 2010 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
It was the height of haymaking last week and nowhere in the mountains did we see any sign of mechanisation. Even in the valleys, where there was the occasional tractor, it seemed that scything by hand was still the preferred method. Whole families set to, cutting, turning, piling the horse-drawn carts impossibly high with fragrant hay, and then stacking it into conical haystacks. At the beginning and end of the day murderously sharp scythes were casually slung over shoulders as the families made their way to and from the meadows.