Monday’s Post: You’d never know it was summer up here on Orkney. Fortunately, the rain was chased away by today’s chilly winds, so we dressed in our winter layers and spent the day amongst the island’s ancient monuments.
The bleak and wintry weather made us appreciate the ancient people who were so ingenious in creating a life for themselves. Over 5000 years ago, people built comfortable and functional homes into the earth next to the sea at Skara Brae, complete with dressers for storage and tanks for holding the shellfish they caught.
Later, visiting the more modern Broch of Gurness (only 2000 years old!) we marveled at the warmth we found at the center of the structure.
Created from stone, the massive broch is a well thought out structure that provided shelter and protection to its community of inhabitants.
Humbled and awed, we returned to the comfort of our hotel to warm up.
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In looking how people lived in the past I always marvel at the technical achievements of early peoples. K
It is, indeed a marvel. Proves that we have a lot in common in what we want for ourselves and our families…. But we have so much provided for us, while the ancients applied infinite cleverness and ingenuity. I feel both awed and humbled. So grateful for the chance to see these places!