Spring into summer via Edinburgh

Spring into summer? Well, it’s been more of a stumble. One of the aspects of life which surprises me about Orkney is the amount of nasty viruses going around the place. You might imagine that with all this fresh air we would be immune to them. Perhaps it is because this is a sociable, friendlyContinue reading “Spring into summer via Edinburgh”

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London Calling, and the Isle of Wight too…

  Do you remember The Clash song London Calling? To be fair my headline is not quite how it was. “London calling to the faraway towns” is what they sang. But we all have to start somewhere, to mis-quote Spike Milligan, and that is how I am starting this blog. Regular readers will know thatContinue reading “London Calling, and the Isle of Wight too…”

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How did we get here? Via Paris, actually…

So here we are, in Orkney. Time speeds by and, amazingly, come April it will be four years since our move here from London. A Californian woman and an Englishman. How did we get here? And, as we are often asked, how did we meet in the first place? I will explain. And along theContinue reading “How did we get here? Via Paris, actually…”

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What, no badgers?

One of the big UK environmental controversies of 2013 was the badger cull in parts of England. But there was no fuss here in Orkney – we do not have badgers. Orcadian wildlife is very different to what we experienced when we lived in England and many of our visitors, while delighted with what theyContinue reading “What, no badgers?”

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Lost

  Our house, like most I imagine, has themes that run through the events taking place there. One of my wife’s themes is lost, or missing, expressed in phrases commonly heard here such as “I’m sure I had a copy of that book…” or “I can’t believe I would have got rid of that book..”Continue reading “Lost”

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Suddenly, Tammy! Happy accidents and serendipity in music

I love music. I have too many CDs. I listen to music on the radio. I have too many radios. I would get some help for my addictions but I enjoy them too much. One of my uncles once asked me how many CDs I owned. He then multiplied the answer by ten to estimate,Continue reading “Suddenly, Tammy! Happy accidents and serendipity in music”

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