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  • 2ndwitch on Welcome to Oldham – home of the tubular bandageRed rose to the core - but north of you - born in Lytham and grew up in Leyland. Lived in Mottram for a while - aunt in Rochdale. Ex-husband from Bolton.
  • 2ndwitch on Welcome to Oldham – home of the tubular bandageYou never mentioned you were a Lancashire lad!! Why omit such an incredibly essential bit of information from the stuff you tell the world??
  • Debbie Viess on Shaggy Scalycaps, gout and squirrelsWould love to see your citations for the quote about phenylpropanoids in Pholiota squarrosa. Also, I didn't think that it was proven that these eat living wood; they certainly eat dead wood, which would include heartwood. Do you have a citation for that? Thanks so much. Yours in fungal fascination, Amanitarita
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on The Hall of Einar Sunday Review #18Thanks Sally. Erland Cooper is fast becoming a national treasure. I’ve enjoyed seeing how his talent matches his ambition. Erland was the name of one of Einar’s three sons (the others being Arnkel and Thorfinn Skullsplitter) so I’ve always liked the name. Finding the time to created my blog is only about priorities. I find not watching television frees up more time than I need to create it. I’m looking forward to being on Westray again too. See you there!
  • Sally on The Hall of Einar Sunday Review #18Thank you for introducing me to the music of Erland Cooper. I love the Haar video and play it most nights before going to sleep. I was inspired to subscribe to the concert online at the Barbican. I loved it and watched it on two consecutive nights as it was available for 48 hours. I may not have discovered his music without your Sunday Review, so many thanks again. I am enjoying your blog but wonder at how you find the time to produce such good photos and supporting text! Looking forward to visiting Westray again next summer ( all...
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on Atlantic WaveHa! Yes, an excellent Orcadian word. What are your other favourites?
  • 2ndwitch on Atlantic WaveGeo is my all time favourite Orcadian word. I once persuaded an Orcadian bloke of my acquaintance to repeat it for me half a dozen times - and Ailsa, bless her, did me a video about geos round Westray!
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on Juvenile Arctic SkuaIt certainly isn't if you're sensitive to the suffering of other species.
  • Jane Butler on Juvenile Arctic SkuaNature is not always easy to witness.
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on A lone Swift at Noup HeadYes, I love the screaming of Swifts too. I particularly adore the days before they depart, when they appear screaming in large numbers over my house in Devon as the sun sets. It's a time to mark the passing of the year and wish them well on their journey and a safe return. Putting Swift bricks in the walls of all new houses should be mandatory, given how limited their nesting places are now.
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on Juvenile Arctic SkuaYes, I agree Sherri. If it had been injured due to human activity I would have been very angry and done all I could to rehabilitate it. Since its injury appeared to be entirely natural, I had to comfort myself that it would be food for the Great Skuas or Great Black Backed Gulls who also live and breed on these coats. It was astonishing to get so close.
  • Sherri Stewart on Juvenile Arctic SkuaHeartbreaking to lose even one small creature
  • Sally Hallam on A lone Swift at Noup HeadYes, I quite miss Swifts. When I lived south they nested under a nearby railway arch but their numbers declined possibly due to disturbance from a nearby grain mill and accompanying lorries. I loved how they flew around fast uttering screaming sounds just for the sheer joy of it I thought!
  • Ian Wadsworth on The top 10 reasons you shouldn’t visit WestrayI friend of mine is moving up there from North Yorkshire. "Another good reason for you all not to go" Ian Wadsworth
  • Sherri stewart on A lone Swift at Noup HeadI’ve never seen a swift before….such an interesting bird
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on I Dream of PuffinsThanks so much Sherri. I really appreciate it.
  • Sherri Stewart on I Dream of PuffinsI do enjoy seeing your photos each day
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on Stenness sheepThanks so much Sherri - I'm so pleased that you're happy with your photograph. It's great to have your company here. I hope you'll make it back to Scotland when you have planned it and have a wonderful trip.
  • Sherri Stewart on Stenness sheepI received my photo “The Gift” yesterday and am so happy. I’m glad I found you on Facebook. I’m scheduled to return to Scotland October 2021 if the fates allow.
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on Last call of the CurlewYes, I've felt sad and hopeless and angry about the continued destruction of habitat and wildlife. Losing it destroys a little bit of the wilderness in ourselves as well as putting our future survival at risk. I'd like to visit Sanday - definitely a good place for a trip by all accounts. Hope you had a great time there.
  • Gillian Lawton on Last call of the CurlewThis piece about Curlews which I have just read has left me on the verge of tears, with your words "What's the use of a long curved specialist beak if there are no muddy wetlands to probe with it" ringing in my ears. I have just returned from a short holiday on Sanday, the largest of Orkney's North Isles. Whilst there, I was very privileged and extremely thrilled to see many in farmers' fields and on the shore line The possible gradual demise of these awesome birds makes me feel very, very sad.
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on The Castle – a poem by Edwin MuirA possible moral of the poem is that confidence and complacency may be your undoing. If we take the castle as a metaphor for a person, then they could be so confident that they cannot imagine bad luck and poor fortune coming their way. If that happens they will never accept that it was their fault. They will never look internally at their own faults which allowed it to happen to them and will constantly blame external factors. They are the architect of their own misfortune.
  • S. Vaishnavi on The Castle – a poem by Edwin MuirWhat is the moral for this poem
  • David @ the HALL of EINAR on The Great Skua and the Gannet’s tailThanks Gillian. It was real thrill to see the chase.