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April 2013

Ayre Hotel

Return to the Ayre Hotel

Time. Time to go home and leave Orkney for a little while. Time to earn a living. Time at the bar. Last …

Heading home

Heading home

It’s time to head home with a heavy heart. The light on the boat is on in the daytime with blue skies …

Sailing Westray Down

Sailing Westray down.

Leaving the Island is always a wrench. As I leave the Island, I watch as the ferry sails and Westray begins to …

Playing in a big space

Playing in a big space

A photo-shoot with Chris from the band Ippykak at our nearest beach. It’s a glorious Westray day and the Bay of Tafts …

Deceptive

Deceptive

A new day and a new beach to explore. This one is hidden behind long kelp drying walls. Over shattered rock and …

Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure

When I was a child I played on the beach all summer holiday and one day, when I was very young, I …

Grace and Poise

Grace and poise

Cycling past the Skello shop I see a vision in white, a stunningly beautiful, windswept and magnificent white horse. She has grace …

Capturing the emptiness

Capturing the emptiness

There’s only one road from Einar and in the wind it’s tough cycling. I stop for a breather and capture the emptiness.

Snuffle, oink, scratch

Snuffle, oink, scratch

The pig needs a scratch so bicycles are stopped, bristles are rumpled. What a fine looking pig.

Spring light

Spring light

It’s a beautiful time of year as low spring light gives the view from my field a golden glow and sheep graze …

Middle of the Road

Middle of the road

Middle of the road; that’s something you could never accuse Westray of being.

Peeling Paint

Peeling paint

The paint in the hall has seen better days. Layers upon layers of colours have been applied over the years that Einar …

Lambing

Lambing

Lambing is a wonderful time; quivering tails and wobbly legs are always a pleasure at this time of year. Cycling past the …

The Wake

Watching the Wake

Looking back across the sea to mainland Orkney as the ferry journeys to Westray.

Yet More Steps

Yet More Steps

Earl Sigurd is a wonderful ferry. It’s time to journey to Westray aboard the Earl Sigurd and there are more steps to …

Steps and Stairs

Steps and Stairs

So when does a set of steps on a ladder become a set of stairs? The answer is; on an Orkney Ferry. …

All aboard

All Aboard

Today it’s all aboard the Earl Sigurd. Thankfully there’s not a magical raven banner in sight as Earl Sigurd is on of …

Viking traces

Viking traces

Traces of the Vikings are everywhere in Orkney; from the runes carved in the Neolithic chambered cairn at Maeshowe to the Viking …