Orkney: Skaill House and Our House

Remember, remember — fireworks tonight. Up in the northern isles they may just go with the Aurora Borealis I am eager to go back to Orkney. It’s quite a striking place. The people who choose to live there are extraordinary. In the meantime, I’m NaNo-ing and getting ready to head south for the Weird Conference…

Orkney: Skara Brae

I didn’t get a picture of the seal who was bobbing up and down in the waves, but it was a sunny blustery day and I found Skara Brae very inspiring as well as fascinating. We had a lovely day there, including lunch in the café (mmmm, salmon). I was less interested in the manor…

Orkney: Ring of Brodgar

There’s nothing quite like these amazing old monuments, is there? Mary and Amy brought me by here the night I arrived in Orkney. I tried to take a picture in the moonlight but my camera wasn’t really up to it. But it was magical to be sure.

Orkney: Maeshowe & John Rae

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Orkney: Birsay

Only accessible at low tide, the island of Birsay was a viking stronghold offering safety and seclusion and gorgeous views. It’s also John Peel Day: share the music by keeping it Peel!

Orkney Bound

It was hard tearing myself away from Dundee, as I had just got back from NY (or so it seemed) and Allan had just built me a brick wall that spelled out “Angry Birds” in Minecraft 🙂 But I had a great opportunity to go stay with friends Mary and Amy, while the latter takes…