Masthash

#Orkney

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
8 hours ago

Fantastic picture taken of the sunset last night, 7th June, by Kenny Armet of Kirkwall Bay #Orkney

The sun sets low in the sky over a very still Kirkwall Bay as a ferry depart the harbour
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
8 hours ago

Scotland’s Year of Stories, 2022, was a great success in Orkney and across Scotland as a whole. A total of 354 funded and partner events took place across all 32 local authority areas including seven events in Orkney. #Stories #Scotland #Orkney #storytelling
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/08/the-positive-and-lasting-impact-of-scotlands-2022-year-of-stories/

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 day ago

"‘On the 12th of July the St Magnus carried us northward to the Shetland Islands. We had a moderately placid sea, but as immoderately tumbling boat; nevertheless it was a passage keenly enjoyed."
#Orkney #steamships #ferries
painting by William Leask; SS ‘St Magnus’ and SS ‘St Nicholas’; Orkney Islands Council; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/ss-st-magnus-and-ss-st-nicholas-167521
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/07/a-view-of-the-islands-from-the-deck-of-the-ss-st-magnus-a-19thc-visit-to-orkney/

painting of the SS St Magnus leaving Kirkwall harbour and the SS St Nicholas arriving. The Cathedral can just be seen in the distance
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 days ago

#Orkney Armed Forces’ and #veterans Breakfast Club
"The venue for our next breakfast get together has now been confirmed as, “The Neuk”, at the Albert Hotel, Kirkwall, at 0930 on Saturday 24th June."
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/06/military-veteran-join-us-for-breakfast/

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Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 days ago

"Led by experienced tour guide Ragnhild Ljosland of Orkney Time Travel the walk took us through the streets of Kirkwall as we followed the stories of those who were accused."
#witchcraft #witchtrials #walking #Orkney
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/06/taking-a-walking-tour-of-the-orkney-witchcraft-trials/

the tour guide stands at the corner of Castle Street Kirkwall and explains to the seated audience the story of one of the witches
BlackPurple
3 days ago

Good bye #Orkney
It was awesome 🥰

Bilder der letzten Tage werden nachgereicht. In der Ferne war zu viel los, es war nicht die Zeit für Urlaubsbilder.

Vom Heck einer Fähre aus aufgenommen.  Am unteren Bildrand ist ein Stück der Fähre zu sehen. Darüber Meer, im Hintergrund eine breitgezogene Inselkette. Rechts im Bild ragt eine Steilklippe auf
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 days ago

“If anywhere there exists an ecclesiastical building bearing the marks of neglect and decay, it certainly is this.” A 19thC Visit to Orkney
#archaeology #Orkney #StMagnusCathedral
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/05/if-anywhere-there-exists-an-ecclesiastical-building-bearing-the-marks-of-neglect-and-decay-it-certainly-is-this-a-19thc-visit-to-orkney/

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 days ago

"Without the remarkable actions of Thora, the mother of Magnus, the cult of St Magnus, the mighty cathedral and even the St Magnus International Festival would not exist. David McNeish’s new play brings Thora to the fore , a name mentioned in the sagas but about whom little is known. "
#StMagnusFestival #Orkney
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/05/thora-a-new-play-charts-the-inspiring-story-of-the-mother-of-st-magnus/

Vivienne Dunstan
4 days ago

Just wrote up quick thoughts about the latest #book I finished #reading, The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison. Easily the most bonkers book I have read so far this year! https://vivdunstan.dreamwidth.org/392516.html #scifi #fiction #timeTravel #Vikings #historicalFiction #Orkney #movies #books #sagas

Mark
5 days ago

Wishart praises work of citizen scientists sharing killer whale sightings

Organised by Sea Watch Foundation, the annual citizen science event sees volunteer observers collect data on #whales, #dolphins & #porpoises in the waters around around #Shetland, #Orkney, #Caithness, and North #Sutherland.

https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2023/06/03/wishart-praises-work-of-citizen-scientists-sharing-killer-whale-sightings

#wildlife #Sea #SeaWatch #science #volunteer

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
5 days ago

The Church in Stronsay – Part 4
By Ian Cooper , from his series ‘Records of a Bygone Age in the Stronsay Limpet and republished here with their kind permission. #Stronsay #Orkney
On the left is Rev Claude Brownlie, his wife Louisa and three of their five children: William, Margaret and Claude. William joined the army with the Royal Scots and was killed in Gallipoli in 1915. On the right is Rev Brownlie in his later years
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/03/the-church-in-stronsay-part-4/

On the left is Rev Claude Brownlie, his wife Louisa and three of their five children: William, Margaret and Claude. William joined the army with the Royal Scots and was killed in Gallipoli in 1915. On the right is Rev Brownlie in his later years
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
6 days ago

"Mr Cursiter showed me, in his collections, two large burial urns of steatite, one quite perfect, the other complete in form but reduced almost to a shell. These had been taken from Mounds in the islands." #Orkney #archaeology #Neolithic
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/02/meeting-mr-cursiter-a-19thc-visit-to-orkney/

BlackPurple
1 week ago

och menno, hat irgendwe den Schlüssel gesehen?
#Orkney

auf einem Parkplatz stehen 2 blaue Autos. Dazwischen stehen 2 schwarze Ponys hintereinander, das vordere guckt durch das Seitenfenster ins Auto
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 week ago

The exhibition features work by Ingrid Budge, Magdalena Choluj, Rebecca Marr, Cat Moore, Robin Palmer and Frances Scott. #nature #exhibition #Stromness #Orkney
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/01/new-exhibition-portraits-of-nature/

traits of nature Rmuicnl art & photography show T R vy L g \ SR A AAEN e g AT T - 3 . e R e SRRV NS N L /,/ B2 k;»;f S 1% R 4 02706 -15/006/ 2023 Opening night: Friday 2nd June, 6pm-8pm A group exhibition offering a fresh perspective on the botanical world through artworks by Ingrid Budge, Magdalena Chol, Rebecea Marr, Cat Moore, Robin Palmer & Frances Scot. Northlight Gallery, Stromness R o
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 week ago

Busy Kirkwall Lifeboat Sees 3 Launches in 1 Week #RNLI #Orkney #lifeboats Image credit Kirkwall RNLI
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/01/busy-kirkwall-lifeboat-sees-3-launches-in-1-week/

The Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat returning to harbour after being out on service. Image credit Kirkwall RNLI
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 week ago

"One of the key themes in this year’s Festival is astronomy, and this is reflected in the schools programme through workshops about the history of astronomy from Vassilios Spathopoulos from Glasgow International College, and activities from Caithness Astronomy group."
From the Ocean Deep to the Night Sky: Science Festival Schools Programme #science #astronomy #schools #Orkney
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/06/01/from-the-ocean-deep-to-the-night-sky-science-festival-schools-programme/

Dynamic Earth's travelling planetarium with person pointing up to a mythological representation of the constellations
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 week ago

Seeking the Stones: A 19thC Visit to Orkney
‘My meditations near the Ring of Brogar were momentarily interrupted by an Orcadian peasant. “Can you point out to me,” I asked ” The ring of Bukan?” #Orkney #StandingStones #archaeology
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/31/seeking-the-stones-a-19thc-visit-to-orkney/

BlackPurple
1 week ago

Kein Foto kann wirklich die Atmosphäre am Ring of Brodgar einfangen. Wenn du einen Moment still bist, kannst du direkt die Menschen spüren, die vor 5000 Jahren diesen Kreis gebaut, hier gebetet, gefeiert, das Leben zelebriert haben
#Orkney

Ein Teil eines Steinkreises, von unten her aufgenommen. Die Steine stehen erhöht auf grau-grünem Torf und Gras. Der Himmel ist grau verhangen.
Ein Teil eines Steinkreises, wie auf Bild 1, nur in Nahaufnahme, von unten her aufgenommen. Die Steine stehen erhöht auf grau-grünem Torf und Gras. Der Himmel ist grau verhangen.
BlackPurple
1 week ago

nächste Station: Ring of Brodgar. Allerdings warte ich bis die 5 Reisebusse ihre Instant-Ladung wieder eingesammelt haben. In der Zwischenzeit habe ich diese gems entdeckt (aka Dinge, die in keinem Reiseführer stehen)
#BeautyOfDecay
#Orkney

ein dicht bewachsenes Seeufer, mitten in dern Pflsnzenliegt einhalb verfallenes Ruderboot
zwei Autoreifen im Schilf, die Mitte der Reifen ist zugewuchert
ein dicht bewachsenes Seeufer, mitten in dern Pflsnzenliegt einhalb verfallenes Ruderboot. Das Boot ist fast völlig zugewachsen, auch von innen
BlackPurple
1 week ago

so unfassbar schön die Landschaft ist, der ewige Wind schlaucht schon etwas
#Orkney

durchs Bild zieht sich von unten nach oben ein Schotterweg durch eine bräunlich grüne Hügellandschaft, hinten ist fas Gras sattgrün. oben links ist ein Stück Meer zu sehen
Landschaftsfoto. Vorne ist ein brauner Untergrund, dahinter zieht sich horizontal eine grüne Wiese, im oberen Bildteil ost Meer, dahinter eine kleine unbebaute Insel
Landschaftsfoto. Eine Hügellandschaft, im Hintergrund ragt eine Gebirgskette auf, der Himmel ist grau verhangen. um unteren Bildteil führt ein Schotterweg halbkreisförmig von unten nach rechts
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 week ago

“Apart from a good breakfast, once a month, it’s good opportunity to meet other ex-servicemen” Image by Adrian Hughes
#veterans #Orkney
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/30/apart-from-a-good-breakfast-once-a-month-its-good-opportunity-to-meet-other-ex-servicemen/

The Orkney veterans and some of their partners sitting round a T shaped table with a huge breakfast in front of them in the Stromness Hotel Orkney. Photo by Adrian Hughes
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 week ago

"This crofting township is considered one of the most beautiful places in Orkney. Bounded by towering red sandstone cliffs and steep heathery hills, Rackwick Valley rests beside a fine sand and boulder strewn beach. It has a beauty and climate all of its own. The walk to the Old Man of Hoy starts here. Rackwick is a good place for campers with a traditional bothy building open to the use of the public. – VisitScotland" #Hoy #Orkney Image by Mirran Hall
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/30/rackwick-by-mirran-hall/

from the pebbly beach in the Bay looking up towards the huge cliffs of Hoy
BlackPurple
1 week ago

Earls Palace Birsay
Was es damit auf sich hat? Keine Ahnung, bin da mehr oder weniger zufällig dran vorbeigekommen, und ich liebe alte verfallene Gemäuer
#Orkney

ein sehr verfallenes Gebäude aus Stein, es stehen nur noch Teile der Außenmauer. Oben und an der Seite ist blauer Himmel
BlackPurple
1 week ago

Versteckt hinter Schaf- und Rinderweiden an der Nord-West-Küste stehen diese 3 alten Fischerhütten aus der Zeit um 1900 (Restauriert 1986). Auch die Umgebung an den Klippen ist atemberaubend #Orkney

Grüne Hügellandschaft, der im Vordergrund ein steiles Gefälle. Im oberen Drittel sind Steinhütten zu sehen mit grasbewachsenen Dächern, links eine Mauer und Felsen
eine steil abfallende Landschaft, links ist der Abhang grasbewachsen rechts ist nackter, scharfkantiger Felsen. Am oberen Bildrand ist ein Streifen blauer Himmel
eine Bucht, im oberen Teil ist schafkantiger Felsen zu sehen, im Hintergund offenes Meer, im vordergrund flache runde Steine am Meerufer
BlackPurple
1 week ago

Skara brae #Orkney
1850 hat ein Sturm dieses 5000 Jahre alte Dorf freigelegt. Das besondere: das gesamte Mobiliar bestand aus Stein (Betten, Regale) und alle Häuser waren genau gleich eingerichtet und duch schmale Gänge miteinander verbunden. Hierarchien scheint es in dieser Dorfgemeinschaft nicht gegeben zu haben und Individuelle Gestaltung wurde zum Erhalt des Dorffriedens zugunsten von Tradition un Anpassung hintenangestellt. Die Bewohner*innen hatten wohl gute Fähigkeiten, Konflikte friedlich zu klären, Waffen oder Verteidigunsanlagen wurden jedenfalls keine gefunden.

eine grasbewachsene Fläche, in der Bildmitte erhebt sich eine Art Hügel aus Steinplatten, der auf der Oberseite ebenfalls grasbewachsen ist. in diesem Hügel sind Öffnungen. Im Hintergrund ist ein Stück Meer und blauer Himmel zu sehen
Ausgrabung, in einer runden Senke sind das Innere eines Wohnraumes zu sehen, die Möbel sind alle aus Stein, in der Mitte befindet sich eine Feuerstelle. Im Hintergrund ist Meer zu sehen.
BlackPurple
1 week ago

Tag 1 auf #Orkney. Nachdem ich erstmal ausgeschlafen habe, ging es los, ohne wirklichen Plan. Einfach mal irgendwo anfangen und dann mal sehen.

Das Rennibister Earth House befindet sich auf dem Gelände eines laufenden Hofbetriebs. Es ist so versteckt, dass eins kaum Notiz davon nimmt. Kein Eintritt, kein Souveniershop, nur ein alter rostiger Zaun um ein Loch im Boden, und eine noch viel rostigere Leiter, die 2 Meter nach unten führt. Es wurde 1929 entdeckt, als ein Mähdrescher in den Boden einbrach und so den Zugang zum Erdhaus aus der Eisenzeit freilegte. Bei der Bergung wurden die Skelette von mehreren Erwachsenen und Kindern gefunden.

Bild 1 sechseckiger Zaun um eine Betonfläche in einer Wiese
Bild 2: unterirdischer runder Raum aus Steinen gebaut, die querliegenden Deckensteine  wurden mit zwei Holzbalken abgestützt
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 week ago

The Deerness Hall welcomed around 20 members of the Caithness Tractor Club last Saturday, 27th May. #Orkney #tractors
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/29/deerness-welcomes-the-caithness-tractors/

all the tractors, mostly vintage lined up outside the Deerness Community Hall
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 weeks ago

What will the Trident Transmission Poles look like in the #Orkney landscape? Orkney Heritage Society set up a demonstrations. Images by Mike Robertson #energy #renewables https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/28/trident-pole-demo/

a giant crane hoisting into position a replica of the Trident Pole as people gather round to watch
Photoshop image of the crane removed from the image and the massive Trident pole is set against the Orkney landscape, tiny cars near it and in the near distance the town of Kirkwall
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 weeks ago

short film of a #walk through Muddiesdale #Kirkwall #Orkney
https://youtu.be/ZqHvBfR9YhY

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 weeks ago

Orkney Islands Council has hired Shirley Collier Consulting to carry out work on what might happen next to The Tomb of Eagles . There is a short questionnaire in which you can share your views.
#Neolithic #Orkney #Archaeology

https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/25/orkneys-tomb-of-the-eagles-share-your-views/

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 weeks ago

Hello @JutlandRemembered thanks for the follow. It may interest you that for the past 6 years I have been researching the lives of the men who died when HMS Pheasant sank off Rora Head Hoy #Orkney 1st March 1917. Several of those men had also been at the Battle of Jutland.

Herbert Frank Heritage. ~ HERLIHY, SIDNEY HOLLOWAY, Tor-

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1875 "edue. Saleombe Public School ; joined

1 the Navy fn Dece. 1890; served on’ H.M.S

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Sidney Holloway Herlihy. . at St. Feock, co. Cornwall, 16 March, 1907,

Lylic (14, Admiral’s Hard, Stonchouse, Ply-

mouth), dau. of Thomas Michell, and had two daus. : Catherine Patty, b. 2 Fcb. 1008, and Kitty, b. 13 June, 1910,
Dave
2 weeks ago

Interesting podcast from Catalan News about cruise ships. Talks about how they are taxed, the environmental and social impacts. Barcelona a city region of 4.8 million has over 800 cruise ships a year. Orkney with a population of 23,000 has 170 a year.
https://www.catalannews.com/podcast/item/podcast-cruising-for-a-bruising--barcelonas-cruise-ship-debate-rumbles-on

#orkney #cruiseship

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 weeks ago

Stromness #Orkney

abandoned play park at the old Stromness Primary School. A picture over the fence of the big boat structure now being covered over by plants. The trees are still looking lush
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 weeks ago

In his speech the OIC Convener longed for the days when #Orkney was under Norwegian rule whilst marching behind these guys #NorwegianConstitutionDay

Kirkwall City Pipe Band with four of the pipers in the front all in the kilts and the Scottish flag beside them
Alexander Kerste
3 weeks ago

Unsere Unterkunft (hübsches kleines Häuschen fast ganz im Norden von #Orkney Mainland) hat einen gemütlichen kleinen Wintergarten – bei dem Wetter ideal für einen Tagesrückblick🙂

Unter dem Regen liegt das Meer
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 weeks ago

A project in Kirkwall’s Bridge Street has been awarded £200,000 from the Scottish Government’s investment in the Islands. #ScottishGovernment #IslandsProgramme #Orkney
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/17/200000-funding-boost-to-bridge-street-project/

conversion of warehouse buildings underway big pile of builders rubble two work vans and lots of scaffolding at the old Garden buildings Kirkwall

Edwin Muir and a Story of Europe

“Muir’s contact with Europe is significant, however, not only in a personal and literary sense, but also in a wider political context which resonates with our own early twenty-first century times. His travels in the 1920s immediately after the end of World War One, and again at the end of World War Two, tell a story of Europe itself at critical points in its history.”

#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury
6/6
https://blog.oup.com/2017/05/edwin-muir-story-europe/

One foot in Eden still, I stand
And look across the other land.
The world’s great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted
So long with crops of love and hate…

—Edwin Muir, “One Foot in Eden”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury
5/6

"One Foot in Eden"
by Edwin Muir

One foot in Eden still, I stand 
And look across the other land.
The world's great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted 
So long with crops of love and hate.
Time's handiworks by time are haunted,
And nothing now can separate
The corn and tares compactly grown.
The armorial weed in stillness bound
About the stalk; these are our own.
Evil and good stand thick around
In the fields of charity and sin
Where we shall lead our harvest in.

Yet still from Eden springs the root
As clean as on the starting day.
Time takes the foliage and the fruit 
And burns the archetypal leaf
To shapes of terror and of grief
Scattered along the winter way.
But famished field and blackened tree
Bear flowers in Eden never known.
Blossoms of grief and charity
Bloom in these darkened fields alone.
What had Eden ever to say
Of hope and faith and pity and love
Until was buried all its day
And memory found its treasure trove?
Strange blessings never in Paradise
Fall from these beclouded skies.

Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Through time and never found eternity,
Fettered by wasting wood and hollowing hill,
You should have fled our ever-dying song…

—Edwin Muir, “To the Old Gods”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury
4/6

"To the Old Gods"
by Edwin Muir

Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Through time and never found eternity,
Fettered by wasting wood and hollowing hill,

You should have fled our ever-dying song,
The mound, the well, and the green trysting tree.
They have forgotten, yet you linger still.

Goddess of caverned breast and channeled brow, 
And cheeks slow hollowed by millennial tears,
Forests of autumns fading in your eyes, 

Eternity matvels at your counted years
And kingdoms lost in time, and wonders how 
There could be thoughts so bountiful and wise 

As yours beneath the ever-breaking bough, 
And vast compassion curving like the skies.

“Edwin Muir (1887–1959) is a mysteriously neglected, gorgeous, and emotionally penetrating poet. Of all the many pieces of writing spurred by the Cold War and the threat of nuclear apocalypse, and of the other kinds of 20th century apocalyptic writing, his poem ‘The Horses’ may be the most effective, perhaps because it is the most calm and gentle.”
—Robert Pinsky

#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury #postapocalypse
3/6
https://slate.com/culture/1999/01/the-horses.html

On the second day
The radios failed; we turned the knobs; no answer.
On the third day a warship passed us, heading north,
Dead bodies piled on the deck…

—Edwin Muir, “The Horses”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury #postapocalypse
2/6

"The Horses"
by Edwin Muir

Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep,
Late in the evening the strange horses came.
By then we had made our covenant with silence,
But in the first few days it was so still
We listened to our breathing and were afraid.
On the second day
The radios failed; we turned the knobs, no answer.
On the third day a warship passed us, headed north,
Dead bodies piled on the deck. On the sixth day
A plane plunged over us into the sea. Thereafter
Nothing. The radios dumb;
And still they stand in corners of our kitchens,
And stand, perhaps, turned on, in a million rooms
All over the world. But now if they should speak,
If on a sudden they should speak again,
If on the stroke of noon a voice should speak,
We would not listen, we would not let it bring
That old bad world that swallowed its children quick
At one great gulp. We would not have it again.
Sometimes we think of the nations lying asleep,
Curled blindly in impenetrable sorrow,
And then the thought confounds us with its strangeness.

The tractors lie about our fields; at evening
They look like dank sea-monsters crouched and waiting.
We leave them where they are and let them rust:
“They’ll molder away and be like other loam.”
We make our oxen drag our rusty plows,
Long laid aside. We have gone back
Far past our fathers’ land.
And then, that evening
Late in the summer the strange horses came.
We heard a distant tapping on the road,
A deepening drumming; it stopped, went on again
And at the corner changed to hollow thunder.
We saw the heads
Like a wild wave charging and were afraid.
We had sold our horses in our fathers’ time
To buy new tractors. Now they were strange to us
As fabulous steeds set on an ancient shield
Or illustrations in a book of knights.
We did not dare go near them. Yet they waited,
Stubborn and shy, as if they had been sent
By an old command to find our whereabouts
And that long-lost archaic companionship.
In the first moment we had never a thought
That they were creatures to be owned and used.
Among them were some half a dozen colts
Dropped in some wilderness of the broken world,
Yet new as if they had come from their own Eden.
Since then they have pulled our plows and borne our loads,
But that free servitude still can pierce our hearts.
Our life is changed; their coming our beginning.

I never felt so much
Since I have felt at all
The tingling smell and touch
Of dogrose and sweet briar,
Nettles against the wall,
All sours and sweets that grow
Together or apart
In hedge or marsh or ditch…

—“A Birthday”, by Edwin Muir (1887–1959)—born #OTD, 15 May 1887
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury
1/6

"A Birthday"
by Edwin Muir

I never felt so much
Since I have felt at all
The tingling smell and touch
Of dogrose and sweet briar,
Nettles against the wall,
All sours and sweets that grow
Together or apart
In hedge or marsh or ditch.
I gather to my heart
Beast, insect, flower, earth, water, fire,
In absolute desire,
As fifty years ago.

Acceptance, gratitude:
The first look and the last
When all between has passed
Restore ingenuous good
That seeks no personal end
Nor strives to mar or mend.
Before I touched the food
Sweetness ensnared my tongue;
Before I saw the wood
I loved each nook and bend,
The track going right and wrong;
Before I took the road
Direction ravished my soul.
Now that I can discern
It whole or almost whole,
Acceptance and gratitude
Like travellers return
And stand where they first stood.
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 weeks ago

The back lanes of Stromness #Orkney Most of the people live in the two big housing estates but these are the lanes the tourists wander into

row of low level houses with iron railings leading up to their doors. cobbled lane winds its way to more houses in the distance.
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
4 weeks ago

The Lost Gardens of Orkney, 13, Gardening Tools
"Among the articles for sale at the Temperance Hall, Kirkwall on 28th of September 1899 after the death of Orkney Crown Chamberlain, James Barnett, who lived at 26 Victoria Street Kirkwall, were the following: garden roller, lawn mower, garden seats, and garden tools." #Orkney
#gardenin #gardens
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/13/the-lost-gardens-of-orkney-13-gardening-tools/

. ; Everything for the Garden : __GARDEN TOOLS. : Sin. and 10in. SHEARS.

7in., 10in., and 15in. TROWELS and FORKS.

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Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

What happened after the Barriers were built in #orkney ?
"The closure of the Barriers by the Admiralty in 1948 was according to ‘The Sunday Post’ causing ‘1700 islanders heartache’ (Sunday Post, 08.02.1948). The reporter continued that the only means the islanders would have to transport livestock etc to Mainland was via the Saucy Nancy, ‘a converted lifeboat capable of only carrying 21 persons’."
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/12/when-the-barriers-closed-the-ferry-stopped/

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

"Last year Martin Laird and Fiona Grahame took on a project to record in filmed interviews a few of the untold stories of Orkney from those who were there at the time. Filmed over many months the interviews recount events from the 1970s to the present day." #Orkney #storie #oralhistory #racism
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/11/orcadian-stories/

The title screen for Orcadian Stories with the two headed dragon logo of The Orkney News in the centre and all the funders of the projects along the bottom of the screen
portrait photo of Theo Ogbhemhe one of those interviewed in Orcadian Stories. His story tells of his anti racism work
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

"An eighteen year old Kirkwall girl, Miss Agnes Shearer, had the distinction of being the first passenger to cross from Orkney to the mainland of Scotland by passenger aeroplane on Saturday" The Orkney Herald, 26th August 1931 #Orkney #flight #Fresson
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/11/miss-agnes-shearer-takes-flight-to-wick-1931/

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

The Scottish primrose: listed on the Government’s Scottish Biodiversity List and is classified as being ‘nationally scarce’. Only found in the wild in Caithness, Sutherland and Orkney. #Orkney #plants #wildflowers #primulascotica
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/10/yesnaby-where-small-is-beautiful/

the tiny primula scotica in the grass at Yesnaby
lots of tiny primula scotica on the maritime  heath Yesnaby
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

it has been a poor few days of haar, wind and rain but Binscarth Woods provides shelter for a great walk #Orkney

looking through some branches where leaves are just emerging and across to the rest of the woods with fallen trees covered in moss and others just starting to come into leaf
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

"At the start of the 19th century the Laird, William Watt, employed Lochaber man and experienced gardener, Hugh Ross, to lead the team of gardeners at Skaill House. The gardens had to be not only pleasing to the eye but also productive growing fresh fruit and vegetables for the Laird’s table." #Orkney #gardens #gardening #gardeners
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/05/07/the-lost-gardens-of-orkney-12-hugh-ross-gardener/

the double stone curved stairs with the 17th century Skaill House in the background.
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

It was a cold walk yesterday in #Orkney - all due really to the fierceness of the wind

Skaill Bay at low tide with a long stretch of the sandy bay . along the coastline are the green fields of the farms
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

Celebrating Scapa Flow #Orkney talks and events Including - The National Transport Trust plaque awarded to the Barriers will take place at 11am on 12th May at Celina Rupp’s

IOl Celebrating Scapa Flow 2023 The Churchill Barriers Looking back at the first 77 years and forward to their centenary. by Neil Kermode in the Orkney Theatre on Friday, 12th May at 7.30p.m. S | €6 (Concessions: £5) s e H . | e ' H A e i Syt V-\.Aa'—“" b ",~ A‘fi“;>:; = waas . s Wy - 2o - 4k 7 17 L e — herald pfinhhap* @PF:::::‘M
opP presents Celebrating 90 Years of the Inverness to Kirkwall Air Service The Creation of Airline Services in the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland: Impact and Legacy by Professor Andrew Rae, UHI s' =0 T in the Orkney Theatre on Saturday, 13th May at 7.30p.m. £6/(Concessions: £5) A\ HIGHLAND _ WY PaRK :
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

@withaveeay many thanks , I hope you had an interesting time in #Orkney

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
1 month ago

Walking #orkney The Ouse, Finstown. And there's always one of these - only ever one
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/04/30/walking-orkney-the-ouse-finstown/

The mud flats with the tide out and caught on the edge of the bank is one white lady's show. The banks are adorned with white wild flowers and this area has a lot of seaweed

Why has #DRoss not demanded to know why #Sturgeon was piloting the ferry that ran aground in #Orkney 🤔😉
#scottishindependence #indyref2

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 months ago

@Indyposterboy This was #Orkney yesterday. And yes its a complete change today

The cliffs of Marwick Head with a calm blue sea below and a blue cloudless sky above
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 months ago

The St Magnus Way Guidebook was launched on Saturday. You can #walk it and /or #cycle. A great way to see & experience #Orkney Image credit Stuart Little
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/04/18/another-step-on-the-st-magnus-way-guidebook-launched/

family cycle people grouped together at the bird listening site at the Loons Birsay
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
2 months ago

The results of the 2023 citizen science annual Big Garden Birdwatch are in and the Starling has come in top in Orkney but in Scotland the no.1 spot again goes to the House Sparrow. #RSPB #BigGardenBirdwatch #Orkney
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/04/17/starling-no-1-in-orkney-big-garden-birdwatch/

Holger
2 months ago

Auf der Suche nach einem #Satuerday-Bild habe ich diese kleine Italienische Kirche auf den #Orkney|s gefunden:

Dort gab es während des 2. Weltkriegs ein Lager mit italienischen Kriegsgefangenen. Die Gefangenen errichteten Barrikaden zwischen den Inseln, die deutsche U-Boote abhalten sollten die in einer Bucht liegenden engl. Flotte zu versenken (klappte nicht). In ihrer Freizeit begannen die Italiener die Kapelle aus einer Barracke zu bauen...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Chapel

#photography #scotland

Eine kleine Kirche oder Kapelle direkt von vorne aufgenommen. Wirkt irgendwie südländisch und passt nicht in die schottische Landschaft.
Ansicht von schräg vorne. Man sieht, dass hinter der Kirchenfassade ein langgestreckter halbrunder Bau folgt: eine Militärbaracke
Innenansicht des Altars mit Heiligenbildern, Bemalung an der halbrunden Decke.
Ähnliches Bild wie eben, nur von weiter hinten aufgenommen. Man sieht mehr von der halbrunden Decke.
Bylines Scotland
2 months ago

Sir Chris Hoy is visiting Orkney Islands on the 29th of April for the official opening of the upgraded Scapa Flow Museum. Want to know more about this museum? Read Jenny Wilson's and immerse yourself into history when you get there!
#History #Orkney
https://bylines.scot/lifestyle/history/scapa-flow-museum-orkneys-site-of-historic-importance/

Available to watch online: “Scottish Shores: Folktales of the Coast”, an evening of tales of spooky shores with Orkney storyteller Tom Muir

#Scottish #Orkney #literature #supernatural #storytelling #folklore #folktales
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epSdgTGsdFM

Rhiannon Grant
2 months ago

For #TombTuesday, here's the entrance to Unstan chambered cairn. Picture taken on my visit in 2018. #Neolithic #Orkney #Scotland #prehistory #tomb

A grassy mound with a stone lined passage heading into it. The entrance is dark.

Florence Marian McNeill (1885–1973) was born #OTD, 26 March. A notable figure in Scotland’s #20thCentury literary Renaissance, her contributions include works on #suffrage, politics, #food #heritage (THE SCOTS KITCHEN remains a central text in all discussions of Scottish cuisine) & #folklore (her 4-volume study of Scotland’s folk festivals THE SILVER BOUGH)

#Scottish #Orkney #literature
#ReadMoreWomen
https://www.scottishwomenwritersontheweb.net/writers-a-to-z/florence-marian-mcneill

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 months ago

This was yesterday at tea time in #Orkney. A change today as we expect, strong winds, rain & snowy showers

Looking across the field where sheep are feeding on mounds of straw and fodder, towards the Stenness Loch. The skies have barely a cloud in them and in the distance the low  hills of Orphir
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 months ago

@DJames The skies were very active in #orkney I didn't take any photos. Even when the dog needed out in the early hours of the morning they were still dancing #Merridancers #Northernlights

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
3 months ago

Part 10 Of the Lost Gardens of #Orkney looks at the gardens of Melsetter House Hoy
https://theorkneynews.scot/2023/03/18/the-lost-gardens-of-orkney-10-melsetter-house-garden/

The gable end of Melsetter House with 2 storeys. Two larger windows on the ground floor with 2 smaller above them. This house was designed as part of the Arts and Crafts movement. In the foreground is a swathe of yellow flowers and two trees are on either side of the house
Undiscovered Scotland
3 months ago

Fifty-four years ago today, on 17 March 1969, the lifeboat from Longhope in Orkney capsized with the loss of all eight crew. This is the Longhope Lifeboat Museum on Hoy, which tells the story of Longhope's lifeboats. More pics and info: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/hoy/lifeboatmuseum/index.html

#Scotland #Orkney #Hoy #NorthWalls #LonghopeLifeboat #Lifeboat #Museum #OnThisDay #UndiscoveredScotland

The Longhope Lifeboat Museum on Hoy. The image shows a lifeboat station mounted on wooden piles that holds it well above the sea, with the far end sloping down to meet the surface. The station is accessed from the land by a raised walkway that comes in from the left side of the image. The building is made of a mainly light grey corrugated material and has a slightly arched roof. The scene is in sunshine.
Undiscovered Scotland
3 months ago

The magnificent St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney, started in 1137 by the Norse Earl Rognvald to celebrate the sainthood of his uncle, Earl Magnus, who had been killed in 1117. More pics and info: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/kirkwall/stmagnus/index.html

#Scotland #StMagnusCathedral #Cathedral #Kirkwall #Orkney #UndiscoveredScotland

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. The image shows the cathedral from a corner view, with the nave on the right and a transept and then the choir on the left. It is topped off by a tower with a pointed spire. The cathedral is made of mainly red stone with yellow stone details and there are graves in the foreground. The scene is in sunshine.
Undiscovered Scotland
3 months ago

The view east from the slopes of Wee Fea on the island of Hoy in Orkney, taking in Lyness and, beyond it, Scapa Flow and the islands of Fara and Flotta. More pics and info: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/hoy/lyness/index.html

#Scotland #Hoy #Lyness #ScapaFlow #Flotta #Orkney #UndiscoveredScotland

Lyness and Scapa Flow. The view looks down from a hillside in sunshine over a stand of trees towards a scattered sedttlement on the near shore of a body of water. An oil tank is prominent in the centre of the settlement. There are a number of islands in the body of water, with more oil tanks visible on one of them.

Scottish Islands Futures: 2050 & Beyond
Fri 3 March, 1:30–4:30pm, free online

Speaking of the Future: The Role of Language, Culture & Heritage

Examining the role of the indigenous culture & languages in supporting vibrant communities. Is there a future for #Gaelic & the #Orkney & #Shetland dialects?

#Scottish #culture #language
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-islands-futures-2050-beyond-workshop-2-tickets-546112807107

Some slock they must hiv hin on them,
haevan man-shorn rock fae quarry tae dig,
their own hand’s deueen hewn intae the face o it…

—Ingrid Leonard, “Maeshowe – I”
in Sound of an Iceberg: New Writing Scotland 37

#Scottish #Scots #solstice #wintersolstice #midwinter #poetry #Orkney
https://asls.org.uk/publications/books/newwriting/nws37/

Maeshowe – I
by Ingrid Leonard

Some slock they must hiv hin on them,
haevan man-shorn rock fae quarry tae dig,
their own hand’s deueen hewn intae the face o it.
A hunder thoosand hoors takan water fae the burn
at mid-morning, tae the soond o whaups and stone-chats
afore the setting o fower dolmen an a corbelling
o sand and feldspar till a domed ceiling they hid,
harled wi stone and clay fae the lochside.
Their lives were short; too many corpse-shells
o bairns, mithers and menfolk set tae rot in voar
an too many left tae mind them, so they built
a womb on the plain whaur the sunset shone
at the turn o the year and to it they carried bones
o their loved ones, tae warm in midwinter’s spark.



slock: quench
hiv hin: have had
deueen: doing
whaup: curlew
stone-chat: wheatear
fower: four
hid: had
voar: spring
Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
6 months ago

I'm already living in fuel poverty & today in my #Orkney home where the landscape is covered in wind turbines exporting all that electricity South I receive this email from SSE "Your electricity price will increase by £163.99." We buy back our own electricity at higher rates than anywhere else in the UK

Fiona Grahame Orkney News Ltd
6 months ago

@BrentToderian It still mystifies me that Kirkwall #Orkney decided not to stop cars coming through the main shopping area. They only close it off to private vehicles when there is a cruise ship in. But it makes it so much more relaxed when you are not dodging cars.

Undiscovered Scotland
6 months ago

The magical Stones of Stenness circle and henge on Orkney's West Mainland, with the mountains of Hoy in the distance. The stones you see today are part of a ring of 12 tall stones and a surrounding ditch from between 3000BC and 2500BC. More pics and info: https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/westmainland/stennessstones/index.html

#Scotland #Orkney #Neolithic #WestMainland #StonesOfStenness #UndiscoveredScotland

The magical Stones of Stenness circle and henge on Orkney's West Mainland, with the mountains of Hoy in the distance. The image shows four standing stones in oblique sunlight, with a loch behind.
Andrew L
6 months ago

One of the Stones of Stennes at sunset.

Double header as it covers #StandingStoneSunday and #SheepOfMastodon

#Neolithic #Archaeology #Orkney

A standing stone with sunset behind it. Alongside it a sheep stares at the viewer.
Ivor
7 months ago

For #StandingStoneSunday here is the Comet Stone by the Ring of Brodgar on mainland Orkney. "Why is there a small cake on it", I hear you ask?

Well, after you get married there, in a handfasting ceremony, you leave something for the gods to enjoy. The gods duly appeared a short time later in the shape of herring gulls. #Orkney

The Comet stone, by the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney. With cake.
Pixel
7 months ago

Hey folks! Quick #introduction post!

Basics are in my bio, but I’m a Scottish photographic artist, born in the #highlandsofscotland and forever a highlander, but now living in #Fife (twenty years on and off) with honorary title of Fifer.

This year I started a part time remote #MA in #contemporaryart and #archaeology - run from the UHI campus in #orkney . Best decision I’ve ever made. Fascinating and life changing already, and given how part time I am, I’ve got about 3 years of it to go! ->

Shaun Gardiner
7 months ago

I'm doing a book thing next Friday in the Stromness library. If you happen to be in #Orkney come on down to hear me talk art process, war, composing a soundtrack to a comic, and other gubbins.

#comics #graphicNovels #author #QAndA #BookWeekScotland

A poster for an event in Stromness Library's John Rae Room on the 18th November - an evening with Shaun Gardiner, creator of the graphic novel The Boy with Nails for Eyes