Let me introduce you to the Orkneys
It’s been a while since the last post, partly due to quite a lot going on here in Cornwall, and also because Pete and I have been travelling to carry out more research.
This time we didn't travel to London but to one of the other settings for Book 4 - the Orkneys; magical, wild and wonderful Scottish islands.
We flew from Newquay in Cornwall to Edinburgh in Scotland, and then on a small plane to Kirkwall on the Mainland, Orkney's largest island.
|Our first glimpse and introduction to these|
I particularly liked some of the warriors' names: Thorfinn Skull-splitter, Havard Harvest-Happy, Sigurd the Stout! (If you want to find out more there's an excellent site:http://www.orkneyjar.com/orkney/index.html ).
Interesting fact: The DNA of 60% of the male Orcadians has been discovered to be Scandinavian.
However I wanted to find out about other aspects of see the Orkney's history as well - and to get a feel for the landscape. Top of my list of things to see were the standing stones which combine both the history and the land.
|The standing stones on Orkney's Mainland.|
|These are the Hurlers, a ring of standing stones on Bodmin Moor|
close to my home.
|A close-up of a standing stone|
|Staggeringly high cliffs; home to hundreds of wheeling, screeching birds. |
If you like wild and lonely, you'd love it here.
|A solitary Pete!|
|Skara Brae. I took this photo to show what is thought|
to be a sort of dresser like a cupboard.
|We were treated to a wonderful|
display by Kirkwall City Pipe Band.
|And then more live music in The Reel.|