For more years than I like to remember I have been intending to visit Orkney … sometime.
It has happened!
There for a week, feels like a month, been back in Edinburgh for a week but still processing the trip.
I will get around to some posts – but first – it sounds crazy but I didn’t know about how many islands there are. I had pictures of sea and a ferry boat – but there are lots of ferries, to islands, between islands, back to Scotland, etc.
This is quite a good map that I found by accident because the language on it is not English – and Orkney’s ancient history is Norse.
There is a lot of history, a lot of scenery, and for me, a lot of story and friendship. I went with my friend Sheila, whose sister has lived on Orkney with her husband and family for more than thirty years. As is the way with long-standing friendships, I also know Bill and Susan and their five children who and now six grandchildren.
So the Orkney stories have local and family and friendship history too.
This is Ella – part of the trip planning included bringing her home to Kirkwall after her eventful jaunt to Glasgow to be in a ballet performance.
New career move – I could hire out as rent-a-granny – it was fun. Thanks Ella.
This is some of the landscape.
all too beautiful
living by the sea