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Note to self: when arriving and cleaning the kitchen for first use, always empty the toaster crumb-tray of woodlice before warming pitta to avoid that toasted woodlouse smell.

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Meg

Meg

Meg. My new friend.

Woodlice are nutritious but not mint flavoured, so always shake them off your toothbrush before brushing.

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Stirring paint

Mixing paint

There’s just time to give the mouldy patches on the lounge walls a quick coat of paint before my guests arrive but …

Knitted Puffin

Coypuffin

My Coypuffin :) I really wish I could remember where I bought this and who made it. Did I get it at …

Doors

My friend messaged me to ask if I could send him a photograph of my front door. “Why” I wonder, “would he …

Woodlice in the light shade

Real dedication

There’s a beautiful collection of desiccated woodlice in the upturned light shade. It shows real dedication that they crawled all the way …

Meg
Meg
Meg

Walking Meg

I’ve been suspicious of dogs ever since a Great Dane licked my face and crushed my testicles by standing on me as …

A hot cold bath

A hot cold bath

Little luxuries are important if you’re living in a ruin on a remote island. A hot Radox bath is one of those …

Look at the halteres on that!

Look at the halteres on that!

Craneflies have such an unpredictable wobbly flight. Their flight would be a lot worse if they didn’t have such big halteres to …

Poppy

The last red poppy on wasteland at Rack Wick.

Minion

Minion

Thank you Lily for the Minion :)

Lubricate Well

Lubricate well

Lubricate this breaker well Tightened bolts prevent all rapping And be sure all parts are clean That’s the way to keep it …

Sweeping the floor

Sweeping up

Okay, okay, I know I’ve got to sweep the floor of the Hall, but there are so many other more exciting things …

Postbox Eyebrows

Postbox eyebrows

The hooded postbox. The rain in Westray is generally horizontal rather than vertical, apart from at the end; just before it hits …

Remote postbox

Remote

A postbox at the north end of the Island. Remote, I’d call it.

Warm nose

Warm noses

Lady is beautiful and eats delicately from my hand. Her nose is warm. Krummie wants to bite me and farts extravagantly for …

Drop those scones

Drop those scones

Decaf coffee. Drop scones. One butter. No jam. £3.04. The best cakes on the Island :) The Wheeling Steen Gallery – and …

Back to the future

Back to the future

Very little has been touched in my house since the 1970s. The bathroom still has the original, now faded, bright orange, hand-made, …

Land Rover

Land Rover

Friend. Land Rover. Sunshine. Beach. Walk.

Dark Island Reserve

Dark Island Reserve

Today I go in search of Dark Island Reserve. A beer that even red wine drinkers find palatable – or so I …

Streaming sunlight

Sunlight streaming

It’s 6:30am and sunlight is streaming into my bedroom through the curtain-less windows. The sun reflects liquid gold, joyfully and playfully on …

Puffins!

The Puffins are here!

The Puffins are here! I thought that I would have just missed them, but tonight, there they were, like flying boats at …