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August 2016

Raven over Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Raven over Einar

There’s a Raven perched at the back of Einar. By the time I get my camera it is already in flight. I …

Beachcombing finds - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

A box of finds

Bones picked clean, floats, driftwood branches and strange objects all collected in a box; I love beachcombing.

Droplets on the bench - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Wet bench

Wednesday night is fish and chips night at Jacks Chippy at Pierowall Fish. That’s a source of great excitement to me. I’ve …

Sanderling in the Seaweed - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Sanderling in the seaweed

There’s a juvenile Sanderling on the rocks. It pitter-patters busily among the seaweed. Suddenly I realise there are a flock of them …

Beadlet Anemone Underwater - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Underwater photography Take 2

Beadlet Anemones are vicious territorial monsters. There are both male and female anemones and each of them can become pregnant on their …

Westray Industrial Show 2016 - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Westray Industrial Show 2016

I love the Westray Industrial Show with a strange and rather bizarre passion. There’s something deeply appealing about the vegetable competition, the …

On a clear day - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

On a clear day

On a clear day in Westray you can see the Mainland. No, not the mainland of Scotland, but Orkney Mainland.

Sunset over Tafts - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Westray Sunsets

Tonight we chased the sunset over Westray. First there was a walk along the Bay of Tafts. Then a view of high …

You must be joking - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

A flavour of the times

Every visit to Westray brings the same anticipation for me; which flavour of Yeo Valley yoghurt will the shop have to the exclusion of all others?

Mice nibble - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Mice nibble… #13

In the past, the mice at Einar have eaten my air bed, my slippers, my rubber gloves, bicycle inner tubes and even …

Memento Mori - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

6 of May 1656

A lot has happened in the last 360 years; when this grave was carved in 1656, Oliver Cromwell was still Lord Protector …

Orkney Seal Rescue - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Orkney Seal Rescue

We have time to visit the Orkney Seal Rescue centre in South Ronaldsay thanks to Ross. He shows us the only current …

Seals and Turnstones - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Two for One offers

It appears that Westray Wildlife will be continuing their two-for-one offers for the remainder of the month. :)

The Big Tree - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Literally

In Orkney I’m constantly delighted by how literal everyone is. Maybe it’s the Northerner in me to which it appeals. I loved …

Gargoyle on St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

A weathered gargoyle

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is a masterpiece of stone carving. There are numerous decorative flourishes including this gargoyle. I know it’s …

Common Seals - me after dinner - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Me, after dinner

It’s the afternoon and the seals are out in force at Broughton on Westray. From all appearances they seem to have had …

Flower Display - St Magnus Cathedral - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Flower Arrangement

Apart from putting a few garage forecourt flowers in the wrong size of vase and the extras in a spare milk bottle …

Dove - St Magnus Cathedral - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

The Dove

I’m about to set sail to Westray on a ferry as big as a Biblical Ark. First though, we’re having a special …