Crofting has provided a subsistence living for the inhabitants of Scotland’s islands for thousands of years. It involves farming a small piece of land to raise animals and grow crops, to provide enough food to stay alive. For most, there was nothing romantic about it but this rare photograph, taken in the 1890s, shows a cosy croft with contented crofters. It is clearly posed for the camera but it does show the tools they used, a fishing net and spinning wheel, and the simple furnishings, including what looks like a railway clock on the wall. In recent times, crofting has become a desirable life-style choice for those who want to escape our cities for a quieter, more-fulfilling life.
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