Well almost autumn now, there is a definite nip in the air morning and evening and the nights are beginning to close in. I'm consoling myself with memories of my week in Orkney and thought I'd share a few of them with you.
|Britain’s most northerly Cathedral|
|The Earl's Palace|
Built by Patrick Stewart, 2nd Earl of Orkney, one of the most tyrannical noblemen in Scottish history using forced labour to quarry and ship in the stone.
|The earlier Bishop's Palace.|
Both a little less than palatial now!
In Stromness where we stayed...
|...fishing boats in the harbour.|
At the Brough of Birsay an uninhabited tidal island off the north west coast of The Mainland of Orkney...
|Flic exploring the remains of a Norse settlement.|
|Flic and her granddad exploring scarily high clifftops.|
I hate heights and wouldn't go within 100 yards of the edge of the cliffs, just watching from a distance gave me the jitters!
And elsewhere in Orkney ...
|One of the houses at Skara Brae.|
Skara Brae is the best preserved group of prehistoric houses in Western Europe.
Uncovered by a storm in 1850, it is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids and provides a remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago.
|The Ring of Brodgar.|
The stone ring was built in a true circle, almost 104 metres wide. Although it is thought to have originally contained 60 megaliths, today, only 27 stones remain.
In Orkney "peedie" means "small" or "little" and I've only shown you a fraction of the places we visited, to be honest we visited far to many places to mention, hence the "peedie bits" in the title of this post. My memories of our holiday though will stay with me for a long time and are sure to cheer me up as the days grow shorter.