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Turnips like melons

Turnips like melons

Living on a small island gives people a different mentality. Living on Westray ranks somewhere between living on the main islands of …

Frozen Moments

Frozen Moments

Cycling in the breeze I hold the camera and press the shutter button. One two-thousandth of a second of light and life …

How many fingers?

How many fingers?

There are so many blogs and discussions about the number of fingers you should keep on your bicycle brakes and the number …

Shopping for a Shop

Shopping for a Shop

I’ve run out of milk so I’m off to Peter Miller’s Shop in Skelwick by bicycle with rucksack. It’s in such a …

Megrim

Megrim

Mmmm… Megrim is on the menu at Helgi’s tonight: Megrim Vierge – steamed Megrim fillets on crushed new tatties with herby citrus …

Martin

Martin

It’s time for a trip to see Westray Potter, Martin Terrell at his studio and I’m grateful that he’s agreed to throw …

For the love of Rhubarb

For the love of Rhubarb

It’s time for a cycle trip to the Westray shops – all three of them – to see what rhubarb treats they …

Leaving my keys

Leaving my keys

It’s time to cross from the Mainland (and that’s the name for the main island of Orkney, not the UK mainland) to …

School in again all this week. As usual, lessons given in usual order but progress not so satisfactory. Seemingly the scholars are longing for the vacation.

→ 29 August, 2011

St Magnus

St Magnus

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is magnificent. It’s origins are in Viking times, when Orkney was ruled by Viking Earls. It’s the …

Memento Mori

Memento Mori

Memento Mori – “Remember Death.” How could I forget death, as I walk around St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall on Orkney. I’m …

A riddle

A Riddle

Here’s a double ladder in St Magnus Cathedral that two men last went up in Kirkwall in 1722, yet only one man ever came down it. Explain.

Last Breath

Last Breath

It’s a steep climb up the tower of St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. The gravestones are so perfectly preserved, even those from …

Earl Thorfinn
Earl Thorfinn
Earl Thorfinn

Earl Thorfinn

It’s time for a trip to the Mainland. No, not the mainland of Scotland, the Mainland of Orkney. Mainland is an hour …

Cattle at Noltland

Cattle on Noltland

The bones of wind and wave washed cattle litter the sand dunes of the Links of Noltland. Here are a couple I …

Tiny, ginger and blonde

Tiny, ginger and blonde

She’s tiny, ginger and blonde and everyone refers to her as ‘Lady.’ Yes, it’s the new Shetland pony in the field at …

Competitive Cabbages

Competitive Cabbages

The Westray Industrial Show is nearly upon us. It’s when folks here get competitive over cabbages, but not Tommy. He says more …