Living Orkney (Essay)

15 thoughts on “Living Orkney (Essay)”

  1. Incredible indeed it is that people continue to live here. And indeed it is such a better way to know Orkney better by not driving – thus being isolated to the people – people who are the essence of Orkney!

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  2. A wonderful essay and a delight to read. It has conjured up memories of 42 years ago when my wife and I spent a week on Orkney with our university professor. It was March and very very cold as we visited all the places you mentioned. Scara Brae has stayed firmly in our minds since, we had never seen anything like it before. But our visit also coincided with bird migration and we will never forget seeing harriers along the coast and flocks of owls roosting in the woods. Yes flocks! Scapa Flow was a treat too as well as a day on Hoy. We must go back, before it’s too late.

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  3. wonderful Tim. so good read someone with such profound respect & admiration for the rugged beauty of Britain. makes me miss home. the last pic is a beauty. wish i’d taken that.

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  4. Thanks as always Daniel. The last photo of course is one of those happy accidents, I don’t know if I mention it in the essay, we got lost & never found the old tomb we were looking for on that hill, but to compensate wandered high above mainland Orkney, nearly floating in the air. Sometimes it’s best to be lost, & see what happens.

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  5. great anecdote. i didn’t have any expectations about what you look like other than what i expect all Americans to look like: John Mayer in various subtle variations from austere to new age. just a joke. you have a good face, very amiable. nice to put a face to the mind.

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  6. I’m glad you think so, but that picture being in a magazine terrifies me. I’d no idea they were gonna do that. But it at least shows the exhilaration of someone who is afraid of heights, successfully making it to the top of a cathedral.

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  7. Enjoyed reading the article with great pictures. Takes the mind to a new place even if it’s old. Orkney is simply brilliant, cradles in a timeless poetry.

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  8. Perfectly expresses a lot of what of I feel about Orkney – having visited it a couple of months ago and completely fallen in love – even though it sounds like we went to quite a few different places. If/when you go back, do spend a day (or longer) on Papa Westray – a small, very human island full of extraordinary beauty. You can walk down a muddy farm track and through a field of cows, and go into to the oldest house in northern Europe (Knap of Howar) – like a dream.

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  9. Almost all sights and sites that were new to me. Thank you. The cathedral, of which I was unaware, is memorable. Thanks for visiting Under Western Skies.

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  10. I was quite amazed but touched by your love of Orkney but as someone who lives in the northern most island in Orkney, I completely empathise!
    I’ve justified started a blog about my life on this beautiful little island if you want a first hand account of Orkney life, have a look

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  11. I’ll definitely check yours out. I’m never sure how my effusions strike someone who lives there. I don’t know how everyone isn’t in love with Orkney; but then it’s probably good only a few are. It’s a hope to someday relocate there.

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