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The One Minute Puffin Cure

The One Minute Puffin Cure #3

Puffins are delightful to watch. The more you watch, the more you notice. The more you notice the less you understand. We …

The One Minute Puffin Cure

The One Minute Puffin Cure #2

It takes an extraordinary amount of time to keep in tip-top waterproof condition when you spend your time in the salty ocean. …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

Honey Bee by Ippykak

Honey Bee

No, not that kind of Honey Bee. The metaphorical Honey Bee. Back in 2013 I popped down to the beach with my …

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

Hedgehogs are to blame

There was a Hedgehog in my garden in Orkney. We all ran outside to see it and it curled up in a …

Common Seal - 1970s Nature Notebooks - (c) David Bailey (not the)

Common Seal in the 1970s

Leafing through my childhood scrapbooks I come across a drawing of a Common Seal. It has all the characteristics of a Common …

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

The Bird by Edwin Muir

Here’s another of my favourite poems by Orcadian poet Edwin Muir. The Bird Adventurous bird walking upon the air,Like a schoolboy running …

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

Swallow over the rainbow

I’ve seen some spectacular rainbows on Westray. Some have been fleeting. Some have been intense. Some have been full arcs which split …

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

Location of injury

Walking in the garden at the back of Einar I can see a mess of rotten wood painted green, tangled with chicken …