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LL15 A work party of 8 exiles at the edge of the village, carrying brushwood for fuel. Fuel to fire the ovens for baking and cooking was a problem on an island where there were so few trees. Like the villagers, the exiles had to collect brushwood from the hillsides of land they were renting. One of my informants (in 1998) recalled that the brushwood was extremely prickly and difficult to handle, and that walking with a huge bundle on one’s back with only a bit of sacking for protection was very uncomfortable. When the wind blew there was danger of being blown over, sometimes on top of the spiky bundle. Frequently the force of the wind untied the bundles and scattered the branches, which whirled away just out of reach, and comical scenes resulted as men ran after the branches which spun away from them. One of the published memoirs about life in the exiles’ commune refers to an incident when the leaders of the Communist Party and the Youth Section tried to set an example to the others by rising early and going out to collect brushwood for fuel. They returned to the kitchen with bundles weighing 15 to 20 okas (about 25 kilos or 50lbs) just as the others were drinking their breakfast tea. A number of photographs from the archive record the carrying of brushwood to the village. This one (LL15) was taken at the eastern end of the village, a neighbourhood known as Ta Playia ("the Sides"). The characteristic barrel-vaulted Anafiot houses show clearly in the background and to the left. On a hillside in the left background is a windmill. Eight men are carrying bundles of brushwood, with onlookers, possibly villagers, watching. (See also LL8 and LL16)