Old houses

skarabraehi1.jpgRecently I gave a talk about old houses. In Scotland an “old” house is probably 100 years old or more. The house which I grew up in is about 40 years old. That is a “new” house to us. The house in this picture is 5000 years old. It is on the island of Orkney at the very north of Scotland. This house was covered by sand for thousands of years. A storm in 1850 blew away the sand and people could see a little of the house again. Some people came and dug away the sand and studied the house. They said that the house was very dark with no windows. But it has beds and a fireplace.