Crowdie and Cream
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This was a really fascinating book and beautifully written. At times I wondered about his age but when he revealed he was starting school for the first time I was surprised as he seemed older at times. However a 5-year-old being left to wander around a small village on the Isle of Harris is no doubt much safer than the same 5-year-old wandering round the streets of a town today – unless you have a friend called Molly! It is a very descriptive narrative and having visited both blackhouses and white houses this week, it was easy to picture. I thoroughly enjoyed these tales of a bygone era especially when going to a roup was mentioned. I spent my summer holidays on a farm in the north east of Scotland. My parents loved going to roups and I’ve got to say I loved it too. Maybe that is where I go my love for antiques and auctions but a roup can’t compare.
Having spoken to a young girl waitressing in Tarbert, she advised me that there was a BBC adaptation of this book and she was the baby crying the church. I must watch out for this as if it’s half as good as the book, it will be very enjoyable.
ETA – I had my first taste of crowdie when I saw it on the shelf of a local shop while on my travels. It is like cottage cheese and very enjoyable on crackers.
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