This sent me on a mission to find out why this word isn't know by everyone as it's still used in this country...................
(also trug basket)
- A shallow oblong basket made of strips of wood, traditionally used for carrying garden flowers and produce.
OriginLate Middle English (denoting a basin): perhaps a dialect variant of trough.
So that's where the word comes from .................
Then I remembered something I'd written on the old blog and after a bit of searching I found it.............
There is another item here which is used for carrying things, my lovely trug, handmade by Col several years ago.
I'm glad I still have two trugs
because a few months ago, down in Surrey, someone set fire to Eldest Daughters shed (and despite neighbours having CCTV footage of a man carrying a cigarette lighter and a bottle of whisky trying to get into the neighbours house and despite people seeing the same man sitting very drunk in the road outside, the police wouldn't question him! even though everyone knew who he was) one of the things lost by the fire was her trug that her Dad made. The fire service said it was definitely arson and the insurance paid out but she wouldn't have been able to replace the trug if I hadn't kept two and can pass one to her...........as soon as they get the shed rebuilt.(Thankfully Jacob slept through the whole thing, fire engines and noise).
If you want to read the whole post, titled Baskets, Buckets and Trugs, from March 2015, it's HERE
(I still have all the baskets in the photos).(and part of that post comes from something written even earlier for the Suffolk Smallholders Society)
And if you want to read about the history of Trug making in this country - mainly in Sussex (for readers from overseas that's a county on the South coast of England) I found this HERE