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The One Minute Puffin Cure #1

I met a German tourist at the Castle o’ Burrian on Westray in Orkney. He’d just been to see the Puffins. His …

Sunday's Puffin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sunday’s Puffin

And the Puffin that hatches on the Sabbath dayIs bonny and blithe and good and gay.

Woodlice on the carpet - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Woodlice on my carpet

I have a woodlouse issue. The red carpet in the bedroom is, well, carpeted in them. Woodlice are crustaceans, just like crabs, …

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

Mice nibble #15

When arriving back at Einar I go through the same routine. It involves turning the electricity on: That wiring looks safe, doesn’t …

The Italian Chapel - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Peace to you

Orkney’s Italian Chapel is a jewel, a relic, a prayer and a tiny beacon of hope. It’s also a spectacular work of …

St George - The Italian Chapel - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

St George at the Italian Chapel

There’s time for us to visit the Italian Chapel on Orkney’s tiny Lamb Holm island. It’s connected to other islands and the …

Meadow Pipit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pipping Pipits

Meadow Pipits are very common birds of farmland. It’s the most common songbird in upland Britain. They thrive in Orkney. They fly …

Eristalis intricaria - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

To bee or not to bee

There’s a bumble bee on this thistle. At least I think it’s a bee. Then I see its eyes. Its eyes are …

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

Prickly problem

We’re sitting in a thistle patch in Orkney. Luckily they are relatively sparse. We have company: There’s a juvenile Goldfinch exploring the …

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

Technology

Arriving in Orkney by ferry is a great experience. We’ve got a day on the Mainland before heading to Westray on yet …

Cinnabar Moth - Boys Hall Moat - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A poisonous debate

Ragwort. It’s a beautiful yellow-flowered plant which flowers profusely in summer and is food for a myriad of wonderful creatures. Just look …

Goldfinch - Boys Hall Moat - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A new Goldfinch generation

There’s an adult Goldfinch twittering and chattering loudly from the top of one of the Oak trees at Boys Hall Moat. The …

Tree Sparrow at Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tree Sparrows on the edge

I’ve only ever seen Tree Sparrows before at Tree Sparrow Farm. That’s a sign, isn’t it? If the place is named after …

Gannet at Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bempton birds – eyelids

Blinking birds. Gannets are everywhere at Bempton Cliffs. I’m hoping to get a good look at their eyes. Gannets’ eyes are special. …

Gannet at Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bempton birds – staring at the sky

Gannets look astonishingly alien, don’t they? They’re not inhabitants of this world. When they display to one another they point directly at …