Comments Keep up with comments here: David @ the HALL of EINAR on Goodbye to PuffinsThey head off into the North Sea and the Atlantic and spend nine months bobbing about on the ocean waves. They follow their food. We know relatively little about their behaviour out on the water. But every year the ones which survive head back to their ancestral burrows. They mate for life. trevor pole on Goodbye to PuffinsWhere do they go after breeding David? seb on A trip on the Golden MarianaHi, i grew up on Papa Westray and i travelled on the Golden Mariana every day to attend school, around 1997. Skipper at the time was Tommy Rendall, for those interested this boat was powered by a Gardner 6LXB engine, i was very keen to get into marine diesel engineering, as a young boy i was fascinated by the old school engine room David @ the HALL of EINAR on “The flesh of the stare is very bitter”I think that's a very good idea Heather. I'd been pondering something similar. I'll see what interest there is. Thanks! Heather Owens on “The flesh of the stare is very bitter”If it hasn't already been done, I think you have a book in the making here David. Bringing together all your interpretations and observations based on the Fauna Orcadensis, would make a fascinating read - and think of the scope for illustration!!! Jean Fergus on Giving lobster the ‘v’ sLooks delicious David @ the HALL of EINAR on 10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Visiting Orkney for the First TimeMy pleasure Pam. I hope you had a wonderful time. David @ the HALL of EINAR on 10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Visiting Orkney for the First TimeThat's fabulous news Paula. I hope you love it and it's all you didn't suspect and more! :) Paula Richards on 10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Visiting Orkney for the First TimeHi.. We're heading to Sanday for a couple of weeks this October... So looking forward to some *us* time with the dogs on the beach.... Its been a year in the making of this trip been to Scotland a few times now but never the Orkney isles but always wanted to... And now it's going to happen.... ❤️ Xoxo Joan on Playing British Bulldog with the sheep of the Holm of AikernessThis is very interesting. Thanks. David @ the HALL of EINAR on Sanday Sunday and a 5,000 year old tombI think you’re probably right Joan. I’m starting to have fond memories now everything is almost dry. Having 100% humidity doesn’t help! David @ the HALL of EINAR on “…it meddles not with lambs or poultry, but for carrion and garbage none is more so.”I agree completely. Magnificent is the very best word to use to describe them. trevor pole on “…it meddles not with lambs or poultry, but for carrion and garbage none is more so.”Magnificent creatures, confident in the belief that it will eat anything! Joan on Sanday Sunday and a 5,000 year old tombI think it makes a better story than if the sun shone all day and everything went according to plan. :) Sukey on A flying visitGreat stuff! Thanks David @ the HALL of EINAR on Partan and the famed red leather from PersiaI've not heard of anyone being involved in the ritual force-feeding of crab on the island, but that's not to say that it doesn't occur. 2ndWitch on Partan and the famed red leather from PersiaI hope I won't be expected to eat crab - certain shellfish etc sit along lactose, gluten and chicken for me - the outcome is Not A Good Idea for anyone :-) David @ the HALL of EINAR on A flying visitYour flights sound spectacular Pat. The change in perspective is fascinating. It's tragic when someone loses their life when you feel all the safety precautions have been taken. David @ the HALL of EINAR on MallimacksYes, I can imagine that being both unpleasant and dangerous. I've tried scrambling down a precipitous crevice with Fulmar chicks either side and hidden behind boulders as I descended. It was so stressful trying to get back up again. I put waterproof-everything on and my hood up. I hated the stress I caused them and haven't tried it again. Pat Nelson on MallimacksWhen I was in Orkney way too many years ago (1992, I think), I talked with some fellows who had climbed The Old Man. They said the biggest threat were the Fulmars, who would try to spit into their eyes. Pat Nelson on A flying visitWhat fun! I love flying low and seeing the landscape from above. I used to go flying with a friend until he was killed in someone else's plane when, in FAA terminology, "the wing separated from the aircraft" -- and that was just a few weeks after the Bellanca had been FAA inspected and certified for another year. I especially liked flying in late winter when the ice was breaking up on rivers and looked like a great mosaic. David @ the HALL of EINAR on Light AircraftIt was fabulous Mitzi - such a great way to see the islands - and literally a very different perspective. Fiona Foster on Hedgehogs are to blameCouldn’t agree more. Very eloquent David @ the HALL of EINAR on Fattie cutties and Kevin the kayaKingIt's coming up shortly Joan :) Joan on Fattie cutties and Kevin the kayaKingA bit disappointing that there is no photo of you in your new kayak. In tomorrow's blog perhaps?