…and the cattail is ready.
With visions of typha angustifolia and typha latifolia dancing in our heads, we fueled up and headed to the marsh for a few weeks of cattail harvesting for our thatched roofs.
A few tentative steps through the muck…
…and we’re in like Flynn.
It’s pretty simple, actually. With sharp sickles, we cut paths into the marsh, laying down the material in an orderly fashion. Later on, it’ll be easier to bundle. Grab high, cut low, shake out the dead stuff, lay it down.
After bundling, carrying follows. It’s the home stretch.
Maybe carrying thatch looked like this in 1627:
And resting, like this:
Disapprove if you must, Goodman, but it was a LONG day of cutting…
Plimoth Plantation has two great new blogs:
So Dramatic a Blog chronicles the research and preparations for the performance and filming of the museum’s interactive theater drama, So Dreadful a Judgement, which takes places just days before the start of the King Philip’s War in 1675. This is a powerful play about a pivotal moment in history.
What’s it like to be a 21st-century interpreter at a non-profit museum fleshing out the life and times of a long dead 17th-century character? They Knew They Were Pilgrims is your VIP ticket to the behind-the-scenes workings of Plimoth Plantation’s pilgrim staff. They are as diverse, creative, and funny a group of people as you will ever meet.