Ten years in Orkney – now what?

Ten years ago Kathie and I moved to Orkney. By coincidence we arrived on 16 April which is St Magnus Day – he is the patron saint of Orkney. And so each year we go to St Magnus Kirk in Birsay, not far from where we live, for the annual St Magnus service which alsoContinue reading “Ten years in Orkney – now what?”

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Mysterious books

I love books. I buy many, perhaps too many. And I don’t read enough. A few pages at bedtime and in no time I am nodding off. I need to find a better time of day to spend reading. Most of the books I buy come from charity shops and second-hand sales, and the funContinue reading “Mysterious books”

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The first seven weeks…

So, how is 2018 for you so far? Some small triumphs? Some big positives? And, for some, of course, there will have been loss and sadness. Sorry. The world rolls round, our nervousness about the Korean peninsular slightly eased by the Winter Olympics; Brexit continuing to breed uncertainty and division, in the UK, Ireland andContinue reading “The first seven weeks…”

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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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That Was The Year That Was

Well, 2016 is nearly at a close and for me it feels like a year of loss, disappointment and sadness, but also much love and laughter experienced through the year – and I must remember there is always hope. It seems hard to know where to begin with 2016, so much has happened, but forContinue reading “That Was The Year That Was”

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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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It’s 2016: relax and spread love

So here we are in 2016 and with it comes many questions. For example, how far can we go into the year and still say “Happy New Year” to each other? Let’s keep going for a little longer yet, and spread positive feelings. When I was young 2016 would have seemed part of some impossibleContinue reading “It’s 2016: relax and spread love”

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Flashes of memory – and the latest from Orkney

Back in August 2012 I wrote a blog about memories, called “Sorry, I seem to have forgotten”, and I would like to return to the subject with some more recollections. I wrote about how memories can, sometimes, be just a snippet – it is as if we have a few seconds of film, sometimes grainy,Continue reading “Flashes of memory – and the latest from Orkney”

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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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A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events

So, after weeks and months of campaigning – years and decades for some – we are coming towards the end of the Scottish independence referendum campaign. The vote on 18 September is three weeks away and the pace of debate and argument is more frantic. Many of us watched this week a heated, that isContinue reading “A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events”

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