Friday, 23 March 2012
Yesterday, Richard Evans supplied the blog with an item and image about transporting a car across water. Today he has produced another piece and photograph, about transporting both water and people. He recalls researching topics about the island of Belnahua and how his findings, made in 1984, drew an encouraging response from a number of individuals.
One such person who replied said she was born on the Isle of Luing in 1904, where her father was the doctor for the Isle of Belnahua and others nearby - Shuna, Scarba,and Lunga. Her father told her: ‘Belnahua's water supply was obtained by means of an artesian well, which during dry seasons was supplemented by barrels of fresh water collected by boat from the neighbouring islands of Lunga and Eilean Dubh. In the interests of water conservancy, it was also customary for the womenfolk to be rowed across to Eilean Dubh, armed with washtubs, soap and other necessary requisites, in order to carry out communal laundering - a task which apparently was completed to the accompaniment of much merriment and music-making.’
The next issue of Scottish Islands Explorer - due out on 18 April - carries a full-length, illustrated article on Belnahua written by Anni Donaldson.
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