Today was the first day you could really feel the sun warming your face again, so it seems we are now through the deepest of winter. Chris and I took our boys to the beach below The Bu in Orphir today — the site of Earl Hakon Palsson’s round church and formerly also a Viking drinking hall, although little is visible of it now.
There has been a lot of coastal erosion below the Bu site, so in a way we were not surprised to find things there. Chris found a beautiful, tiny piece of pottery, showing some thin lines of decoration. One of our boys found a “necked stone” although it might be natural. And I, Raggie, found a beautiful stone dish, which had been pecked and also showed signs of burning on one side. I was quite pleased with it. It might be any age, from prehistoric to 19th century, as folk in Orkney were still using stone dishes not that long ago.