Chaos……An Autumn Day At Cottascarth…..The Bay of Firth in the Neolithic…..Swandro!!!

by Bernie Bell - 09:37 on 22 October 2022


Chaotic events can have positive effects…honest…..



An Autumn Day At Cottascarth…..

We’ve been to Cottascarth RSPB Reserve many times…. https://theorkneynews.scot/?s=Cottascarth+Bernie+Bell  but having read ‘Rendall : An Undiscovered Parish‘ by David McLaughlin, and read his piece about the stone carving in the water-fall there, we thought we’d go and see if we could find it. 

David describes clearly where the ‘Fish in the Burn’ is - we have stood by that pool and looked at the golden waterfall, but never noticed the carving.  This time we were looking with informed eyes and we located the stone by walking up along the burn from near the new hide – a bit hard to see the carving as it was a rainy day and the burn was very lively  – but there it is – a triangular stone, carefully placed….

– and what a lovely/magicy spot to place it in…

We also collected some ‘keys’ from beneath the big sycamore tree by the house – I hope the RSPB don’t mind – but I should imagine that they don’t really want all those seeds to put up seedlings!

The ‘Fish in the Burn‘ was carved by Malcolm Olva, who also made the wooden sculpture in the sycamore tree….

Also under the tree, a late flowering Water Avens….

We brought the sycamore keys home to pot them up.  We’ll see if they ‘take’ and if they do, we’ll keep two to go in the tree sections in our garden. The rest we’ll give to Andrew Appleby for if the John Rae Society…  https://www.johnraesociety.com/  would like to plant some by the Hall of Clestrain, thereby completing the cycle of connection between John Rae, Cottascarth and Clestrain - as mentioned in a comment to a previous piece I wrote about the Cottascarth sycamore…..

“I sent this piece of writing to Andrew Appleby – President of the John Rae Society – who responded with an enigmatic message saying that John Rae (Arctic Explorer) knew that tree. I said do tell…and…..



The Bay of Firth in the Neolithic…..


My tuppenceworth….


There’s also what is now under-water…. https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffpages/uploads/arc007/NGS%20final%20ReportFEB10.pdf




Another tuppenceworth…



Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/01/07/timelines-of-an-orkney-wood-turner/



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