Orkney. The first half of the twentieth century

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Not sure about the shot of the woman grinding with the quernstone. It looks like she’s dressed up and there’s something about the stone looks “this is how my mother did this”.

However the others are great and all are so atmospheric.

If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.
Gabriel García Márquez (via apoetreflects)


The mound itself is named Dingieshowe and was used as a meeting place for Vikings. 

The mound was excavated by J Farrer and G Petrie who reported that it had a wall thickness of 12ft and an internal diameter of 33ft, the mound is about 25ft high. It is thought to be an Iron Age broch structure. The report of Farrer and Petrie states that a number of stone implements and several fragments of pottery were found. Petrie also records that ‘on digging underneath the foundations…it was found that the whole of that part of the sandy knoll on which it was built had been subjected to the action of a strong fire and considerable quantities of burnt bones of large animals were found’. 

In typical antiquarian style they excavated from the top down leaving a dent in the top of the mound, this is a common sight across Orkney. It is also likely they put in a small trench in the bottom of the hill to find the burnt layer under the foundations (25ft is pretty deep to dig top down).