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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

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 …

Animal from Vegetables
Animal from Vegetables
Animal from Vegetables

The best Animal from Vegetables

The best ‘Section 10 – Animal from Vegetables’ entries at the Westray Industrial Show 2013. Classic :) I just love the giraffe …

Mermaid's Purse

A Mermaid’s Purse

A stroll down the beach this morning and we find a Mermaid’s Purse; the egg capsule of a Dogfish. The tendrils are …



You do have to ask: why issue bins with wheels and flapping lids on an island where everything that isn’t tied, nailed …


Waiting impatiently

This morning the young Swallows are huddling on the toilet window ledge. This time I try photographing them with a Nikon D300 …


No prizes

…for guessing in which field the horses have been grazing.


Fish and chips and owls

We’re driving in the Land Rover to the village when the Short Eared Owl appears over the fields with its white wing …

Daddy Longlegs

Who’s the daddy?

It’s a shame for the house that the double glazed unit has failed, water has got in and mould has started to grow between the panes of glass. It’s brilliant for photography though.

Noup Head Lighthouse in the Mist

Misty Noup

It’s a grey afternoon as I set out to cycle to Noup Head. I can’t tell you how many miles it is …

Noltland Castle

Noltland Mist

Noltland Castle is magnificent in the mist. The barrel vaulted kitchen is spectacularly rugged with amazing acoustics. I climb to the top …

Beetroot bonanza

Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

Just how many beetroot products do the three shops in Westray stock? There’s Baxters’ Beetroot in Redcurrent Jelly (Delicious with hot and …

Young Swallow clinging on

Clinging on

Families of young swallows are fledging and cling to the window ledges of Einar in the strong winds.

Destroyed by the wind

That reminds me…

…of when our trampoline blew away. The full gory story: The answer my friend

Ice Cream

I scream

It’s 14 degrees this afternoon. The Met Office say that it will feel like 11 degrees. I scream anyone?

Tatties for sale

Tatties for sale

I love some of the hand-made signs around the Island. I really must capture the duck egg box in one of my …


Full of purple earthy goodness

Okay. Name the first two flavours of fruit juice which come into your mind. That’s good. They were apple and orange juice, …

Note to self – if Westray folk say “I don’t mind” they’re not saying “I don’t care,” they’re saying “I don’t remember.” It’s the verb ‘to mind’ as in ‘to bring to mind’ or ‘to remember’. As in: “I can’t mind it at the moment”; and “Do you mind when it was?” It’s confuserous.

→ 19 August, 2013

Young Swallow

Twittering and chattering

It’s early in the morning and I can hear the sudden twittering and chattering of birds. It’s so loud it must be …