Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The walls sink about 1 inch a year so the door frames and doors have to be changed and refitted, or .....perhaps they add more sod around them on a regular basis - am not into the real exact science of how to build with sod =-)
film found on YouTube.
As a person easily excited by textures, well, my eyes and my fingertips were feasting for a long time at this site.
And here is the last piece of sod, hopefully it can excite and intrigue you as much as is did and does intrigue me - L'Anse aux Meadows is a magnificent place to visit, not just because of the viking site but the whole drive up from Deer Lake, along the coast of the Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland is something I have never seen or experienced before.
The mountains, the table lands, the feeling of the caribou living and giving birth up there, just as we were going through, the many white spots of snow still lingering far into the summer, the moose on the road, at the side of the road, on their knees, bending, looking, contemplating why we would want to be moving so fast.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
This is the view from main entry way, back to sleeping quarters of chief and second in command. Three rooms stretch out in front of us.
Grapevine basket on wall in small bedchamber
One of these days I will get my own upright loom going, oh, but exactly when is hard to say, I have had the privilege of having one for the last 10 years and ..... I keep stalling, weaving is 'easier' on my big floor looms.
Storage containers, the big ones made by the cooper in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and the smaller ones at Ross Farm, Nova Scotia.
I have watched the cooper at Ross Farm in action many times as we have spent many a weekend there with the kids when they were you.
There are so many things to consider when trying to equip a historical site. Historic correctness is one of them. And historic correctness can be an interesting topic when many of the artifacts have completely disintegrated and you have to rely on your own good sense and knowledge, books and information from different places of the world. Archeology is very exciting.
It was a most marvelous visit and I am so looking forward to going back some day, I hope in the not too distant future.
When I go to Denmark in the fall I will visit some of the Scandinavian viking sites and talk to people about......... yes, textiles, textiles, textiles - so many things to learn, I feel like a racehorse ready to throw itself over the start line, but probably it is better that I don't start running until I can use my plane-ticket in July, since canoeing across the Atlantic might not be the smartest idea of all, after all hurricane season starts around then!