Day 4: Lichen Log
This is a very special Yule log, it might be a little on the small size, but it is of great importance. A good supply of logs is an essential part of the croft winter survival kit. Almost every croft house will have a log or peat burning stove, not only does it provide a cosy atmosphere on cold winter nights, it is usually the only source of heat when the power goes off. As soon as the wind speed is predicted to be storm force 9 or more, you know it’s time to make sure the log basket is full, and the candles, matches and torches are to hand.
On an island where trees are scarce, a gift of logs or drift wood is always appreciated. There is, however, a little more to this small gift beyond an offering of wood for my stove. It is covered with the most beautiful mosaic of lichens and was given to me by a friend who knows I am interested in these wonderful complex fungi.
So my offering on the fourth day of Christmas is winter fuel, a beautiful natural history specimen and a reminder that friends and being part of a small, close community are of great value, especially in these troubled times