On Friday, we held a walk in Staffin led by Caroline Dear and Sìne Ghilleasbuig.
Ged a bha e air a bhith fliuch ‘sa mhadainn, bha sinn taingeil gun robh an turadh ann nuair a chaidh sinn a-mach air a’ chroit.
Our aim was to look at some of the many wild plants in abundance in August and to learn something about them, in Gaelic and English.
Clockwise from top left: 1. Lus nam buadh – Wild Angelica – Angelica sylvestris; 2. Lus chasgadh na fala – Yarrow – Achillea millefolium; 3. Peasair nan luch – Tufted Vetch – Vicia cracca; 4. Soillse nan sùl – Eyebright – Euphrasia officinali
Thug Caroline fios dhuinn mu na lusan ‘sa Bheurla, agus thug Sìne na h-ainmean dhuinn ‘sa Ghàidhlig.
Sìne told us about the crofting townships of Staffin, of which there are twenty three, and some of the local place names.
We looked towards Beinn Eadarra or Ben Edra, Sgùrr a’ Mhadaidh Ruaidh or Peak of the red fox and An Stòr, the Storr in the distance.
Seo sinn air Cnoc a Lìn anns a’ Glas Pheighinn. Standing on Cnoc a Lìn, “Hill of Flax”, flax from which linen was made.
Caroline and Angus had a go of making a weapon out of ribwort plantain, or slàn-lus. In July, Angus started working as programme manager working on Ceumannan – Staffin Ecomuseum for Staffin Community Trust.
Caroline dug a pignut from the ground, or cnò-thalmhainn, which we later got a chance to sample – bha e blasta fhèin math!
Seo agaibh cuid de na lusan eile a chunnaic sinn.
Clockwise from top left: 1. Cnapan dubh – Common Knapweed – Centaurea nigra; 2. Sgìtheach – Hawthorn – Crataegus monogyna; 3. & 4. Peasair a’ mhadaidh ruaidh (flùr&sìol) – Common Birdsfoot trefoil (3. flower and 4. seed) – Lotus corniculatus
1. Beithe – Birch – Betula – Caroline explaining the uses of bark for making baskets and other structures in Scotland and Scandinavia; 2. Seamrag Dhearg – Red Clover – Trifolium pratense; 3. Dubhan Cheann Chòsach – Self Heal – Prunella Vulgaris; 4. Seileasdair – Flag Iris leaf/Yellow Iris – Iris pseudcaorus
Chrìochnaich sinn ar cuairt agus ghabh sinn strùpag, pìos céic is aran goirid. Choimhead sinn air leabhraichean mu dheidhinn lusan. ‘S e feasgar tlachd-mhòr a bh’ann.
Many thanks to Sìne and Caroline for sharing their knowledge on plants with us, and to those who came along. It was definitely an afternoon well spent!