Garenin (pop. 80) is a crofting township on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The Blackhouse Village in Garenin consists of 9 restored traditional blackhouses, which were lived in until 1974. These anciently picturesque appearing houses were a common type of dwelling in the Scottish Highlands, the Hebrides, and Ireland; built with double walled dry-stone, packed with earth and wooden rafters, and topped off by a turfed cereal straw or reed thatch. That’ll keep the cold out for you.

   Flooring consisted of flagstones or packed earth, and a tasteful partition decorously divided the living area between the family and their cows, sheep, and chicken. So if you do not care for the people with whom you live, just be thankful they do not shit on the floor.

 (image Simaron on flickr; and thanks to travelgirl- whose photo of a blackhouse inspired me to investigate them further)

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    The Hebrides! I just like saying it. In my head. I’m not really sitting at my computer saying ‘Hebrides’ aloud… Or am I?
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    So much awesomeness. ♥
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