Staddles for hay

July 30, 2012

staddles

Many, many decades ago the farmers used to harvest the salt marsh hay to feed to their cattle or oxen. Using large scythes, they'd the cut the hay in the morning, then stack it on platforms called staddles to keep it dry and above the flooding tide. Once the ground froze, they'd remove the hay by oxen cart. The other afternoon while walking the dykelands at high tide, I spotted this row of ancient staddles, their beautiful geometry, eroded but intact.

 


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