Straw for thatching needs to be well-dried. Stooks and ricks were a two-stage process which enabled straw to be cured so it was in the right condition for thatching. However, problems arise if there is a wet autumn because the straw is unable to dry out correctly. As mentioned in the last post (Putting the Lids), 21st C technology has come to the rescue in the form of loaders which can shift sheaves to barns.
Manor Farm straw is threshed by Dorset-based Symonds’ Thatchers. These photos were taken this year, on the 10th October.