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Gill Pier from Sand o' Gill

Cycling in shell sand

Cycling in soft shell sand is always exhilarating and exhausting and is always a mistake; eventually. The sharp shell fragments will always …

Inside Lady Kirk

Inside Lady Kirk

Lady Kirk in Pierowall was built in 1674 on the foundations of a 13th-century church.

Water Horsetail

Water Horsetails at Roadmire

Roadmire is a great name for the boggy area leading to Letto Sands. These Palaeozoic horsetails flourish there undisturbed.

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 …


Petting Lady

Lady loves to be petted. She loves carrots more though.

Lake Orcadie

Rocks from Lake Orcadie

I love the rocks on Orkney. The whole area of Greenland, Shetland, Orkney and down to the Moray Firth was once a …

Morwenna the Korat of Glenerne

Rain-Cloud Grey and Sea Foam

Morwenna is a beautiful Thai cat. She’s a Korat, described as “a silver-tipped blue that appears to shimmer”. The Thai people refer …

Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops

I stop my bike on the main road and see three lambs. They look delicious.

Broken Stones
Broken Stones
Broken Stones

Broken Stones

“Like pebbles on a beach Kicked around, displaced by feet Oh, like broken stones They’re all trying to get home” Paul Weller …

First Light

First Light

Dawn is at 3:57 this morning. In Rendalls, one of the shops in the village, I notice a small pile of CDs. …

May in June - Hawthorn

Welcome to May in June

The Hawthorn is in flower at Einar. It’s also known at the May-tree because it flowers in May. In Orkney it should …


Purple orchid

Cycling past the sign for the Cleaton House Hotel I see a beautiful purple orchid with spotted leaves. I lie flat on …

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 …

Puffins at the Castle o' Burrian

Huffing and Puffin

This afternoon I cycled down to the Castle o’ Burrian. The wind was against me. The wind is always against me. I …

Sea Pinks - Thrift on the Mill


Thrift or Sea Pinks grow all over the coast here and their pink lollipops of flowers are beautiful at this time of year.

Rust and Peeling Paint

Rust and Peeling Paint

Rust and peeling paint are two of my favourite subjects to photograph, which is good because Einar has so much of it to choose from. So does the rest of the Island. Here is the door of the dilapidated mill near the Castle o’ Burrian.

I’m listening to a Corncrake calling at the Bay of Tuquoy. It sounds like wood creaking. If only I could see it! → 10 June, 2015


Horsetails from the Palaeozoic

There are Horsetails on the verge at Einar. They’re hard and scour my hands with their brittle covering of silica. They’re so …

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 …


Talking Italian

I’ve always refused to buy a set of weighing scales for the bathroom. I tell people that’s because I have a teenage …


My son introduced me to Yik Yak, an iPhone app which shows you local people’s comments wherever you are. I logged in …