A noust is a boat-shaped hollow. It’s an ancient word from Scandinavia. There are nousts made from stone laid by Vikings on the shores of Orkney. Here’s a more recent one.

Picnic Noust - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

In Orkney even picnic tables need boat sheds to protect them. Orcadians: they are a hardy people.

Here’s one which may well be Viking:

Orkney is a place where the barrier between the past and the present is very thin.

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