Yesterday passed uneventfully at the site with solid overcast most of the day. The aerial photography guy did start his work: his Land Rover has a mounted, motorized pole that extends 20 meters up, so he can shoot from almost straight down. His photos might be enough to do away with otherwise necessary hand-drawn plans of stones, which are tediously created for each layer of archaeological significance before it is removed.
In addition to the pole camera photography demonstration, one of the local volunteers brought out his remote-controlled six-engine helicopter and flew it over the site. He has a camera mounted to its underside so he too can take pictures from directly overhead, perhaps more-so given that he can fly out over anywhere on the site and is not limited to the edges. On the other hand, he cannot work with much wind and can use only little point-and-shoot cameras rather than high-end professional DSLRs like those used on the pole.
Today turned out grey and misty so we all headed to Kirkwall for grocery shopping, visiting the local museum’s special Ness of Brodgar exhibit, and errands. My first task: pick up some bottles of Moniack mead, which I had a shopkeeper set aside for me about a month ago. That’s wonderful stuff. He told me that Highland Distillery, where it’s made, has been bought-out, though. That could mean a change in recipe or quality, unfortunately, so we must be sure to enjoy this batch just in case.
While in Kirkwall we had lunch at The Reel, a pub / restaurant associated with the Wrigley Sisters, famous Orcadian fiddlers. It turns out that the place has open sessions Saturday nights from 8:00 onwards, so I’m planning to head back over there via bus after dinner, in hopes of some good music. They have open wi-fi there as well, so this will probably be posted from there.
Tomorrow we five are taking a car aboard a ferry over to the island of Eday. We plan to visit at least one active archaeology dig there and see other related sights there. That should be a full-day trip, and it’ll be my third island to visit of this archipelago.
Most of the other islands end in “say” and I’ve been making up some other names: Drowsay, Hearsay, Whatsay, and Daresay.