Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday, September 2nd, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands


An illegal palace built by an Earl everyone hated, a cathedral built by an outcast to honor someone he and everyone in Orkney loved,  submarine barriers and a chapel built by Italian prisoners of war, an iron-age "Earth House" that was neither made of earth nor which served as a house, and a neolithic tomb built by who knows who, containing among other things - 24 iron-age dog skulls.  A real potpourri of Orkney Island Adventure.

Today concluded our tour of Orkney, with more climbing and crawling than ever.  As always, it was fun.  And we're really going to miss Caz.  The past six days have been filled to the brim with stories of life in Orkney, from the Neolithic to the present.  A timeless resident, sharing insights from someone dedicated to constantly questioning, understanding, and sharing.  Part tour guide, part mother duck, she has cared for us and nurtured us.  And we'll be forever greatful.

One of my favorite moments was when she told the story of a friend who had participated in a ceremony wherein school children gathered in a circle during the Queen Mum's visit, and presented her with stones from their parishes.  The Queen directed they be imbedded into the sides of a bowl to be placed on the Cathedral alter.

To see all of the photos taken today, click on Friday, September 2nd.

Tonight, we take a ferry to Aberdeen to begin a five-day Northern Scotland adventure.

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