If you're a long time reader of this site, you know my affinity for creepy mannequins in historical settings, so there was no disappointment when I made my way to the Isle of Skye and visited the Skye Museum of Island Life. Skye is a beautiful place, that's no joke, but I'm pretty sure I don't think I would have enjoyed living there in the olden timey days. In the first place, you'd have to speak Gaelic and also live in a hut with grass for a roof.
That's a picture of the local blacksmith on the left there. He would have been like your best friend, what with all the horeshoes you had to get made and farm implements that needed to be fixed.
The main problem with Skye is that it's just too windy. Actually, if Scotland in general could get a grasp on this whole wind situation, it would make the place a lot more tolerable.
I spotted the museum from the side of the road and decided to pull over. Normally, I'd take a pass at places like this, but the museum charge was a little over $3.00 (US) so I figured I'd take a chance.
The museum consisted of a number of cottages representing different parts of island life - the schoolhouse, the blacksmith shop, the weaving cottage, and the farmhouse. For some reason, they had pictures everwhere that said no photography. Which is odd, because it's not like we're dealing with museum quality exhibits here. So all of these pictures were taken illegally.....by someone else....and then passed to me. The farmhouse probably had the best creepy mannequins of all. Here an old timey farmer and his wife were warming themselves by the fire, because it was probably July and still windy and cold as shit.
That's the farmer's wife over there to the left. They were setup in their chairs next to the fireplace and conveniently close to the bedroom in case they needed to "get some lovin' on".
I also kept bumping my head on everything. I think everyone was shorter in the olden days.
Overall, it was a cool museum and didn't feel too "tourist trap-y" until I got to an exhibit labelled "How Things Used to Be".
This was basically a collection of invoices and receipts from back in the 1920s and 1930s when they used to use their crazy currency here and so all the prices read like: 1d 2s, two guineas, one crown, two bob, penny farthing etc.
So start saving your Walmart receipts now. You never know when they might end up in a museum one day.