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Westray Weather, Page 2

When I first visited Westray I was amazed to see that everything was tied down. The wheelie bins; tied down. A static caravan; tied down. A trampoline; tied down, with a couple of helfy concrete blocks for good measure. When the wind blows here it blows to teach everyone a lesson.
I’m told that my friend who has the relatively high-sided box van no longer needs an inspection pit to view any problems with the axles or the exhaust. It has been laid on its side; by the wind. → 6 July, 2016

Love's Crashing Waves - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016

Love’s Crashing Waves

The sea spray at the Scaun on the northernmost coast of Westray is like tiny glistening jewels today.

On Westray I pray for a still day and then the midges appear and I give thanks for the blustery ones.

→ 14 June, 2015


My dad says “I think it’s going to be breezy in Orkney today.” I say “I think it’s going to be Orkney.” …

Westray Sky - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Westray Sky

The clouds are as insubstantial as gossamer and float in ethereal whisps above the rugged rocks.

Einar in Fog


It’s foggy this morning. A grey blanket covers the fields around Einar.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

→ 25 August, 2013