Currently browsing

Page 61

Pink and orange

Pink and orange

Pink and orange don’t go together; they clash. Or at least that’s the mantra when accessorising or designing a garden of flowers. …


A glimpse of Stromness

It’s Sunday and we have a whole day on the mainland before our evening ferry to Westray. There’s time for a glimpse …

Dark Island Reserve

Too good to recycle

I love the Orkney Brewery. It produces some wonderful beers. The bottles that their Dark Island Reserve comes in are also beautiful. …

Velvet Crab Boxes

Velvet Crab Boxes

My friend has a wonderful garden on mainland Orkney. It has trees. Yes, you heard me right; trees. In amongst them were …

Limpets in the midden

Limpets in the midden

What we throw away tells a lot about us. A quick look at my bin would tell you I like an occasional …

Limpet traces

Rock licking kneecaps

Limpets. Their traces are everywhere on the stones on Westray’s beaches. The name limpet means ‘rock-licker’ and that’s what they do, with …


Potent potentilla

The Potentilla is spreading with beautiful vigorous red runners over the shell sand at Grobust.


Wheatears in the new stone age

I’m sitting in a stone-age house; the new stone age, when the climate was warmer and people began to settle rather than …

Arctic Skua

Fish, eggs and baby birds

The Arctic Skua is one of the most recognisable silhouettes in Orkney, patrolling the shoreline hunting for birds’ eggs, young birds and …

Intelligent Sheep

Intelligent Sheep

I’m wandering up to the cliffs at Noup Head to take some photographs of the Gannets. I decide not to when I …



There are beautiful pink flowers in the garden at Einar. They look like Bistort in which case I wish I had more …

Drop scone at the Wheeling Steen

Well drop my scone…

One of life’s little pleasures is a cup of tea and a piece of cake. One of the very few downsides is …

Fettered Buoy


Around Gill Pier I spot a buoyancy ring. The word buoy comes from the 13th Century from the Old French boie “fetter …

Dark Island at the Orkney Brewery

Orkney Brewery

I’ve loved the Orkney Brewery’s beers ever since my first adventure with Red MacGregor and my journey to the Dark Island. I’ve …


Half a pound of biscuit

Half a pound of biscuit – that’s the way the money goes. WFM Brown makes bread and cakes and biscuits on Westray …

St Mungo

Glasgow, St Mungo and Midges

The toilet cisterns in Einar’s old school toilets say St Mungo on them. St Mungo is the patron saint of accused adulterers …


Fancy a piece?

I’ve just bought this fabulous dried fruit tart from Peter Miller’s shop. Would you like a piece?    Hold on! Wait a …


Eggs on the doorstep

I arrive back from a day out exploring and there are freshly laid eggs on the doorstep from my kind Island friend. …



Broad horizons. Breathtaking clouds. Constantly changing skies.    That’s the view of Westray from my window.


6:43 am

I really must put the curtain pole back up with all this early sunshine directly into my eyes in the bedroom.  


Spider in the bath

  It’s time for a bath and that means yet another spider to wash down the plug hole.

Alicen Geddes in her Gypsy caravan -

Telling stories

Photographs tell stories. They tell stories about objects and people and the relationships between them. Some photographs tell you their own story; …