oats is generally used here for thatching. Rye would be better, but hard
to find. Trashing oats is a good way now of getting undamaged stalks.
Generally, a thatched house is hard to insure, unless the thatch is
treated with a fireretardent, whih makes the thatch to degrade quicker.
I Once helped to demolish a house once, sheet time over thatch, when we
removed the tin, we discovered that thatch had caught fire and went out
under the tine. I would think that a mudwalled hoouse with thatch would
be far more warm in the Winter than the modern ones, and not retain
radon gas like the insulated ones do.
> It was cut with a land-drive bar and gathered into bundles and bound by
> a binder (what else?), then gathered into shocks (stooks) to dry. Land
> drive means that the motive power for the chaminery was taken from the
> axle as the contraption was pulled - in this case by a pair of horses.
done that, and got no tshirt.
> We then loaded the shocks on to a flatbed trailer first by hand, then
> using pitchfrocks, which were taken to the site of the strawstack. The
> stack was built on a wooden frame which was raised on staddle stones
> (stone 'mushrooms' to try to!) keep the stack out of the reach of rats.
> The following year around Easter the ears were threshed (when the price
> had risen to its expected highest point before the next harvest).
> Thatching corn (wheat) is a precarious crop as a heavy downpour or high
> winds can flatten it and make it useless for thatching, though often,
> much of the grain can be saved.