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Aug 2012

Sunset through broken windows - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Sunrise through broken windows

In art classes when I was a teenager I used to love using blue with red, orange and yellow. It is a stunning combination. No more so than in nature, and there’s nothing that my dirty, broken windows can do to dull the spectacle. In Orkney, just a sunrise is so spectacular it’s as exciting as an eclipse.

Messages from the sun - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Messages from the sun

It’s sunset on Westray and the sun is sending me burning orange messages, It is speaking to me. It is writing messages …

10 minutes after dawn

10 minutes after dawn

I’m up early because it’s dawn at 6:07 and I want to see the sun appear on the horizon. It’s ten minutes …

20 minutes before dawn

20 minutes before dawn

It’s light in my window and it’s not yet 6 am . The sky is bright and the walls reflect the early …

Turnips like melons

Turnips like melons

Living on a small island gives people a different mentality. Living on Westray ranks somewhere between living on the main islands of …

Frozen Moments

Frozen Moments

Cycling in the breeze I hold the camera and press the shutter button. One two-thousandth of a second of light and life …

How many fingers?

How many fingers?

There are so many blogs and discussions about the number of fingers you should keep on your bicycle brakes and the number …

Shopping for a Shop

Shopping for a Shop

I’ve run out of milk so I’m off to Peter Miller’s Shop in Skelwick by bicycle with rucksack. It’s in such a …

Megrim

Megrim

Mmmm… Megrim is on the menu at Helgi’s tonight: Megrim Vierge – steamed Megrim fillets on crushed new tatties with herby citrus …

Martin

Martin

It’s time for a trip to see Westray Potter, Martin Terrell at his studio and I’m grateful that he’s agreed to throw …

For the love of Rhubarb

For the love of Rhubarb

It’s time for a cycle trip to the Westray shops – all three of them – to see what rhubarb treats they …

Leaving my keys

Leaving my keys

It’s time to cross from the Mainland (and that’s the name for the main island of Orkney, not the UK mainland) to …