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Westray Industrial Show - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Battle of Bere Bannock

The Battle of Bannockburn is a famous Scottish victory in the first Scottish War of Independence. Equally as momentous is the Battle …

Groatie Buckies - The Hall of Einar

Groatie Buckies

On the table in the Groatie Buckies cafe on Westray, run by Stewart and Marian Groat, is a jar of Groatie Buckies. …

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

Fattie Cutties

No trip to Westray is complete without a visit to Peter Miller’s shop for some Fattie Cutties. Now even though Fattie Cutties …

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

Guess the Yoghurt Flavour

Over the past decade on Westray one thing has struck me very forcefully: the ability of the shops to stock a single flavour of yoghurt in curious and slightly obsessive depth…

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

Success – at last!

I’ve spent 40 years as a photographer and had to face the constant indignity of people expressing their views on my photographs. …

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 …

The cafe on Orkney Ferries - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Ritual and Tradition

Food is a subject of much ritual and tradition, no more so than when I’m on Westray. There’s coffee and cake at …

Monk Supper at Jack's Chippy
Monk Supper at Jack's Chippy
Monk Supper at Jack's Chippy

Fish and chips to diet for

“You have no idea how much I’ve been looking forward to this,” is my enthusiastic remark before ordering a Monk supper at …

Banana and Custard Yoghurt

Banana and Custard

One thing is for certain on Westray and that is there will be one flavour of yoghurt stocked in surprising depth in …

Pink Flowered Strawberries

Making a runner for it

A beautiful gift of plants is always welcome and these pink flowered ‘lipstick’ strawberries are no exception. I’m hoping the lipstick tastes …

Limpets in the midden

Limpets in the midden

What we throw away tells a lot about us. A quick look at my bin would tell you I like an occasional …

Drop scone at the Wheeling Steen

Well drop my scone…

One of life’s little pleasures is a cup of tea and a piece of cake. One of the very few downsides is …

Biscuit

Half a pound of biscuit

Half a pound of biscuit – that’s the way the money goes. WFM Brown makes bread and cakes and biscuits on Westray …

Pie

Fancy a piece?

I’ve just bought this fabulous dried fruit tart from Peter Miller’s shop. Would you like a piece?    Hold on! Wait a …

Aparagus

Eggs on the doorstep

I arrive back from a day out exploring and there are freshly laid eggs on the doorstep from my kind Island friend. …

Kevin at Pierowall Fish

Pierowall Fish filleting

One of my earliest memories of coming to Westray was a trip to find the fishmonger to see what I could get …

Lemon Curd

Flavour of the month

I’m in the market for some yoghurt. That means I’ve got to clear my mind of any preconceptions about the flavour I might want. What will the shops have for me this year?

Soft fruit

Yearning for soft fruit

Everytime I visit [[Westray]] I love the food. Whether it’s the fresh fish from Pierowall Fish or the unpasteurised cheese from Wilson’s …

Mature Cheese

Nibbling on a mature cheese

It’s always a thrill to discover a new cheese and this is no exception. A cheese! Made on Westray! So how does …

Monk Supper

Monk Supper

“A monk supper please,” I said. That’s not a supper fit for a monk, although it might be. It’s monkfish and chips …

Rhubarb as thick as your wrist

Einar’s rhubarb is ridiculous. It’s like a wild thing, an alien being, taking over my walled vegetable garden.    Now what are …

Not Vanilla

Not Vanilla

There’s just time to nip to Rendall’s (one of the three shops on the Island) to get supplies. It’s yoghurt I’m after…