Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Old.



Does everyone like old stuff? I know I do. Today, we saw yet another amazing ruin, a castle down by Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle. Its oldest structures date from the 13th century, and it's possible that there was a church at that site as early as the 4th century.

I have a pile of pictures of that site, which somehow failed to upload, and hey, it's bedtime here in Scotland. So I'll post them tomorrow, or on Instagram or something. But after a long hike down to the sea and then up to the fortress castle, a leisurely stroll around the grounds, and then a long hike back up--seriously, kind of long, lots of stairs, whoa--we came home, made some crafts, made some dinner, then hightailed it out of there, lickety split, to the Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle (Loanhead? anyone?):


It's another recumbent stone circle just down the road in the village of Daviot. This village has about a couple hundred homes and a village church and a village school. And a recumbent stone circle, dating from about 5000 years ago.
 

 

 

 

What would it be like to have grown up in a landscape littered with these things? I can barely imagine.

3 comments:

gilian said...

I just gonna say that I love this post. All of it. The photos, the words, the feelings. Love.It.

Okay, and especially the picture of Evie at the end.

Stephanie said...

I can only image what it would have been like to grow up amidst such a landscape! I think that you've captured some of its magic -- and the lovely red-hooded fairy beauties dancing in the stone circle -- perfectly!

Clint Gardner said...

You probably would have owned an umbrella by now.

Beautiful.

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