Tuesday 29 July 2014

Pagan Eye: Working Water Mill on Orkney

With Lammas approaching, which is festival of the grain harvest, I thought I'd post another photo I took while I was on holiday in Orkney last month - it shows the water wheel in motion at Barony Mills, Birsay.

This is a fascinating traditional water mill that is still working. It is open to the public and the miller gives a really fascinating talk about the history of the mill - you can see the machinery running and even have a go at grinding grain yourself. The grain, or corn, ground at the mill is bere - an ancient form of barley that is tolerant of Orkney's cool climate and short summers. After you have watched the mill in action you can buy beremeal to cook with or biscuits that have already been made with it, which are very pleasant.

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