Bits & Pieces

by Bernie Bell - 11:52 on 13 July 2022

‘Tis the season to be digging….

And to get folk in the mood for following the progress of the various archaeological digs here in Orkney, here’s a wee poem wot I wrote…………

The Digger’s Prayer

Lord grant that it may not be wet,
Oh, please, Lord, keep it dry.
And may the wind be of the kind,
That gently whispers by.

Let Nick and Paul, Andy and Rick,
All be in a good mood.
And let some friendly person,
Turn up with yummy food.

Oh, let me be the one to find,
The ‘find’ that’s Number One,
And let me come back to the Ness,
Each year, ’til digging’s done.


There’s also this…… Poetry Corner : Day-Job’s Over

They’re already finding things at the Ness – oh yes…… https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/dig-diary-its-large-and-made-from-whalebone-but-what-is-it/

Watch out for lower water levels possibly revealing  structures and….maybe….boats!!!!!  https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/01/21/the-ness-of-brodgar-possibilities/


A bit more archaeology…..

At last…Ousdale Broch has a new guardian…. https://twitter.com/TheBrochProject/status/1542855074980020224?cxt=HHwWgIC-wYWhqekqAAAA

 The Ousdale Mannie who used to ‘keep an eye’ was ’nicked…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/09/20/the-mystery-of-the-ousdale-broch-mannie/

To quote Nell Flaherty on the theft of her drake… “Bad cess to the robber, be he drunken or sober.”


The Fabric Of Our Lives

The fabric of our lives

Has holes in it.

The Folk Festival

The Blues Festival

Harvest Home

Lucy Service

Nine Lessons & Carols.


No meal out for my birthday

Our wedding anniversary

Mike’s birthday.

Not attending the funerals of those we know.

Not visiting the new baby.


The fabric of our lives

Has holes in it.

But I’m trying to see it as lace

Where the holes

Are part of what makes it what it is.

I’m trying to see it that way

And not go crazy.

Bernie Bell 7th October 2020


Here’s one I made earlier….  https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/09/02/the-sandy-bay-at-birsay/


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