Harvest by hand revived
A rare sight as Patrick Murphy is seen "bending the wheat" to leave it easier cut for the scythe being worked by Francie Doherty.
It's a scene that was common throughout the Fermanagh countryside before the era of tractors and horses - the harvest being cut by hand.
This age-old tradition was revived last week when Patrick Murphy and Francie Doherty, set out to harvest wheat on land at Lisgoole where farmer, Derek Thornton has been growing it.
The crop was cut by scythe and hook, so that the straw is cut long and kept undamaged for strawcraft at the Mummer's Centre this autumn. This particular straw will be made into harvest love-knots.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 20 Sep 12