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Drop those scones

Drop those scones

Decaf coffee. Drop scones. One butter. No jam. £3.04. The best cakes on the Island :) The Wheeling Steen Gallery – and …

Back to the future

Back to the future

Very little has been touched in my house since the 1970s. The bathroom still has the original, now faded, bright orange, hand-made, …

Land Rover

Land Rover

Friend. Land Rover. Sunshine. Beach. Walk.

Dark Island Reserve

Dark Island Reserve

Today I go in search of Dark Island Reserve. A beer that even red wine drinkers find palatable – or so I …

Puffins!

The Puffins are here!

The Puffins are here! I thought that I would have just missed them, but tonight, there they were, like flying boats at …

Pecking order

Pecking order

My first evening here and I’m desperate to get out and about on my bike. Starlings flutter and shuffle their elaborate pecking …

Breakfast on the Ferry

Breakfast on the Ferry

A cup of tea. A bacon roll. A Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer. On the Orkney Ferry to Westray. £2.80. Breakfast.

Long evening shadows

Long evening shadows

Long evening shadows at the Bay of Tafts with the sound of bike tyres grinding on shell sand as my tires slip …

North Isles

North Isles

The ferry to Westray is due in less than an hour. There’s just time to admire the blue skies, the boats in …

Rhubarb and Custard

Fancy a sweet?

I’m glad to see that the Orkney obsession with rhubarb continues unabated!

Bunting

Get your bunting out

So what’s so special about blue, red and yellow bunting across the street in Kirkwall I hear you ask? Well, they are …

Silhouette

Silhouette

The sun is up, the sky is blue. The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you. …

Dawn

Dawn

There’s a stunning ball of burning gas out there and the earth is tumbling around it. It’s dawn in Kirkwall.

Wandering

Wandering down The Shore

The sun is up and there’s an Otter entering the sea in Kirkwall. I wander down The Shore and see the pale golden sun appear.

Sleeping in my car

Sleeping in my car

Sleeping in my car overlooking Kirkwall bay – waking to watch the world turn.

Waders twitter

Waders twitter

Waders are twittering, a cockerel is crowing and I can just feel the warmth of the sun faintly on my face. It’s …

Rain on my window

Rain on my window

Rain on my window an hour before dawn with the amber lights of Kirkwall harbour across the water.

Ayre Hotel

Return to the Ayre Hotel

Time. Time to go home and leave Orkney for a little while. Time to earn a living. Time at the bar. Last …

Heading home

Heading home

It’s time to head home with a heavy heart. The light on the boat is on in the daytime with blue skies …

Sailing Westray Down

Sailing Westray down.

Leaving the Island is always a wrench. As I leave the Island, I watch as the ferry sails and Westray begins to …

Playing in a big space

Playing in a big space

A photo-shoot with Chris from the band Ippykak at our nearest beach. It’s a glorious Westray day and the Bay of Tafts is calm and blue. Perfect for a quick kayak.

The sun shines out of his guitar

The sun shines out of his guitar

There’s just time on a glorious day to see my friend Chris and record a video for one of the songs from his album with his band Ippykak.

Deceptive

Deceptive

A new day and a new beach to explore. This one is hidden behind long kelp drying walls. Over shattered rock and …