Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff

We went to Temple Newsam again today.  There was a time traveller's fair, and the first thing we saw was a demonstration of Anglo Saxon bread making.  First they had the kids thresh the corn.  It was not very efficient, especially as the free range goats that wander around the Temple Newsam home farm took an acute interest.  They had to be repeatedly dragged off.  Then there was some very inefficient winnowing, separating the grains of wheat.  They kept referring to 'wheat husks' instead of chaff.  So here is the wheat/chaff

Then they had the kids take turns grinding the wheat in a replica stone quern.  They had some flour ready to show how the dough was made as, darn, it was hard to get white flour when using two rounds of stone rubbing against each other.  My respect for our ancestors grew!  Bear had a go at a shield wall, using this shield.

Hands, feet and legs all very swollen today.  I think it is time to take it easy.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a very educational, hands-on type of event! Hope Bear enjoyed it. Sorry to hear about the swelling. Yes, it sounds like you need to take it easy.