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The Kelp Store, Papa Westray

The Kelp Store

One of Orkney’s most important exports used to be the ash from Kelp, the seaweed which is regularly washed ashore by storms …

Free Range Eggs Sold Here - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Free Range Eggs Sold Here

Cycling past the turning to the Bay of Swartmill I spot this great sign on a disembodied fridge door. Inside the intact …

Pink and orange

Pink and orange

Pink and orange don’t go together; they clash. Or at least that’s the mantra when accessorising or designing a garden of flowers. …



There are beautiful pink flowers in the garden at Einar. They look like Bistort in which case I wish I had more …

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 …

Fettered Buoy


Around Gill Pier I spot a buoyancy ring. The word buoy comes from the 13th Century from the Old French boie “fetter …

Alicen Geddes in her Gypsy caravan -

Telling stories

Photographs tell stories. They tell stories about objects and people and the relationships between them. Some photographs tell you their own story; …

Inside Lady Kirk

Inside Lady Kirk

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

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 …

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. …

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 …


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

Muster Stations

Muster Stations

It’s time to board the Westray Ferry and to hear the familiar Orcadian voice telling us about the ‘Emergency Procedure’ and ‘Muster …


Ippykak rehearsal

Tomorrow’s the big night – Westray Connections Music Festival! There’s just time for an hour of band rehearsals in the Hall. New …

Tatties and Cabbage

Putting the world to rights

Beer, football, conversation, soup, bread, cheese and putting the world to rights. A lovely evening, topped off with a gift of tatties …

Going fishing in the Atlantic in a canoe. Just sharpening my knife in case of Orcas. → 25 August, 2013

Prizewinning vegetables
Prizewinning vegetables
Prizewinning vegetables

Prizewinning vegetables

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. – A. A. Milne

Orkney Skies

Orkney skies

The sky in Westray is wonderful on many occasions. There’s something awe-inspiring about the 360 degree view, the clarity of the atmosphere …