Our bog is located about 6 miles away from our cottage.
It came with the cottage when we bought it, although it hadn't been cut is several decades and had only ever been cut by hand.
A few weeks ago we arranged to have it cut by a machine that passes through the local bogs in the area once a year, usually in May depending on the weather.
We left it dry on the spread for a few weeks before going out this week and footing the turf to allow it to dry fully before we arrange to bring it home.
It took about 4-5 man hours to foot it and it is an unpleasant job!
I was disturbing ant nests as I worked which retaliated by climbing up my legs in attack. It is a job that requires gloves as the turf is rough on the hands and all kind of slimy creatures hide underneath.
My back took a day to recover and straighten up again :-)
Most families in our area cut turf each year, either as a supplement to oil or as their main fuel source. As the bogs are divided into many individual small plots and only a small amount of these are cut each year and it provides a wonderful wildlife habitat.
I don't agree with industrial bog cutting as it is very damaging to bog lands.
If anyone has an interest in the economics of it. Here it comes!
Turf cutting costs - 4 hoppers of turf cut (€45 x 4) €180
4-5 hrs to foot ( about 2 hrs for two adults)
2-3 hrs to draw it home
So to heat our cottage for one year will be as followings:
Turf - €180
Timber & kindling - Free
Coal & briquettes - €100
Fire-lighters & matches - €50
Total €330 per year for heating, cooking and hot water.
It is a very economical cottage! And we plan to install solar panels this year or next which will reduce that further.