Numbers of those creatures were to be seen basking in the sunshine upon the thatching of the houses, and multitudes at all hours of the day showed their glittering sides as they ran frolicking between the spears of grass or raced in troops up and down the tall shafts of the cocoanut trees.
You see them perched aloft among the immovable boughs of the majestic bread-fruit trees, or gently swaying on the elastic branches of the Omoo; skimming over the palmetto thatching of the bamboo huts; passing like spirits on the wing through the shadows of the grove, and sometimes descending into the bosom of the valley in gleaming flights from the mountains.
He always thatched the ricks--for if anything were his forte more than another, it was thatching--and when the last touch had been put to the last beehive rick, Kester, whose home lay at some distance from the farm, would take a walk to the rick-yard in his best clothes on a Sunday morning and stand in the lane, at a due distance, to contemplate his own thatching
walking about to get each rick from the proper point of view.
Flattened against the side of the hut, yet not arousing a single warning rustle from its dried thatching
, The Killer came closer and closer to the watcher.
retired to stud in 1980 and made a good start, with 11 Pattern or Graded winners in his first four crops.
The old tradition of thatching
and the new demand for wetland conservation are working hand- in-hand.
He chooses his harvesting dates with care - in February to avoid nesting times, at very low tides and at weekends to suit the volunteers who are part of the social dimension of Alan's thatching
. Harvesting is done with an Allen-scythe, a loved, well-made machine with two rows of teeth-filled blades like crocodile jaws which work like scissors.
Now semi-retired, Pip still does thatching
demonstrations at craft fairs and shows and is keen to praise the thatched cottage.
Worcestershire Master Thatcher, Olly Holloway, based in the Vale of Evesham and the local representative for Thatching
Advisory Services, is ready with reassurance.
In Cribyn we have the opportunity to give one cottage an authentic roof, so the straw is being threshed by an ancient steam-powered thresher and applied using the old thatching
However, nothing was said in your article about the immaculate thatching
of the cottage, which was the work of Tom David and his brother, of Llantrithyd in the Vale of Glamorgan.
She has applied for money from heritage agency Cadw to help pay for the thatching
and is now waiting for their reply.