Friday, 24 June 2016
Old kirk on Graemsay
There was a time that folk regularly walked along the paths to worship at this old kirk on Graemsay. Nowadays services are held intermittently in the Community Hall. This kirk, like many others, has been sold off due to rising costs and falling numbers of the congregation. It's now used as a barn for storing hay. The kirkyard is still in use though and is maintained with regular grass cutting during the summer season. It's in a beautiful, peaceful setting. A very tranquil "last resting place".
Not much glass left in the windows now.
I haven't gone round to look for the oldest headstone, but most are from the 19th Century.
Most have very simple family headstones, though one or two have more elaborate "obelisk" type monuments.
And look at the view! This gate was the original entrance. Now it leads to a farmers field and you approach the kirkyard from the road on the other side.
Looking towards the Kirk and Eastwards.
The kirkyard is right on the shore and there is a lovely walk around the coast nearby.
And S. who is cutting the grass this summer, has been leaving delightful patches of wild flowers among the graves. Bluebells....
Blue and pink bells (hybrids obviously)!
Grass of parnasus (it's the white flower).
Pink sea thrift
And on the old stone dyke (wall) hangs this wonderful hairy lichen!
Me though, I plan to be scattered along the shore, but hopefully not for a while yet! :-)