A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house

So, here we are, my first blog for nearly six months. Any excuse? Not really. Not only that but my headline is stolen – it’s all in a good cause, though. On 1 November Kathie Touin (that is Mrs Brown) released a new album of her wonderful songs, Facing The Falling Sky. And it isContinue reading “A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house”

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Hello again

Now, where were we? Oh yes, writing a blog, at least one a month is my self-imposed rule. I see I published a blog each month until, oh, there was no blog in June. But there was one in July and then – err, nothing since. So, it is time to get this blog backContinue reading “Hello again”

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Thank you NHS Orkney, Mrs Brown – and Amelia

If you are a regular reader of this blog (thank you) then you might know that I am a huge admirer of Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviator – or aviatrix as female pilots were known in her day. In 1932 Amelia became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. This year, on 2Continue reading “Thank you NHS Orkney, Mrs Brown – and Amelia”

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48 Hours: my father and I

This is a true story and not a very cheerful one, you might think, though it does have its moments of redemption. On Good Friday this year I left Orkney for a month, my longest absence since moving here six years ago. I did not want to leave Orkney behind, or Mrs Brown (Kathie Touin),Continue reading “48 Hours: my father and I”

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Belonging

This past week two gatherings and a brief visit from a neighbour – small on a world scale but each very special to Mrs Brown and me – underlined the importance of belonging. On Friday lunchtime it was the funeral of noted composer, and former Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. HeContinue reading “Belonging”

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The rhythms and markers of an Orcadian year

Well, here we are with just a fortnight until December 21st, the shortest day of the year – a strange description really, we mean of course the shortest daylight of the year. All being well, December 21st will be 24-hours in duration like all other days. Here in Orkney our hours of daylight do get prettyContinue reading “The rhythms and markers of an Orcadian year”

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Misconceptions about Orkney

Many of our friends had – and probably still have – some strange ideas about what it is like here. Well, why wouldn’t you if you have never visited? So in this blog I would like to dispel a few of the misconceptions that some folk have about Orkney. First, Orkney is in the Hebrides,Continue reading “Misconceptions about Orkney”

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