The Sedge Harvest
Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry
Medium: Photographic print
"The marsh-hay has been cut and stored, and now the thrifty marshmen are busy cutting the common plants which grow on the river-banks, dikes, and rough lands. These plants are cured and used for various farm purposes. The marshmen shown in our plate are carrying this schoof-stuff, as it is called, on poles over the soft marsh to their large reed-boat, which one man navigates with a quant. When the boat is filled they will get into her, and two of them sitting side by side will row her to a staith near by and land their load, which will be afterwards sold for litter. It is a beautiful sight to watch the slowly-gliding boat with its heavy load being laboriously pulled through the water-ways by these stalwart oarsmen. This, like nearly all the phases of the Haysel, has an idyllic beauty of its own."
Text by Peter Henry Emerson from the book 'Idyls of the Norfolk Broads'