Almost 180 years after being found hidden in the shifting sand dunes of Uig, six of the Lewis Chessmen returned 'home' just for a day. Of course, we had to head over and see them in situ.
I must apologise for the very blurry photographs, but they were the best I could do today. I hope you are able to make out those doleful expressions. The Queen, King, Bishop, Warder and Knight are pictured above. The King is pretty scary looking, sitting there with his sword across his knee. The story of the Lewis Chessmen is very interesting, and the details can be found here - much better than any of my retelling.
The carving is beautiful - even the back of the pieces are richly decorated. It was a good visit today - lots going on. There were two Vikings in the museum, giving spindle and weaving demonstrations and telling stories of battles and bravery, and BBC Alba were recording some interviews.
James wasn't in the mood for that though - he wanted to go to the museum cafe for a bowl of their delicious homemade soup.
So, I had a pot of tea and, a slice of Victoria sponge cake - oops - just crumbs left, sorry!
So, since we were over there anyway, we decided to go on the couple of miles to the place where the chess set was originally found. It just happens to be one of our favourite beaches too :)
When we got there, we found these large arrows marked in the sand, pointing towards the dunes. Was that a clue perhaps? Who knows.
One of the local Bards has written a poem to celebrate the return of the Chess pieces to their finding place. It is just so beautiful, and you can read it here. It is in Gaelic, but there is an English translation further down the page.