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2016 30 Days Wild – Days 10-12

What No Pictures?! Sometimes life takes over and getting out into the wild to take pictures (what I adore doing) seems difficult to achieve. So the last few days I’ve had to let go of my love of snapping whatever … Continue reading

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New Forest

New Forest Old forest Bending in the breeze forest   Heath, heather, bracken. gorse River bubbling from its source. Oak, holly, birch, beech. Creeks and rustles of woodland speech Deer gazing, ponies grazing. Birds singing, spirits raising. Dappled sunlight, sudden … Continue reading

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A-Z of Wonderful Orkney

This list could go on and on! Artic skuas, amazing archaeology Bluebells, Brough of Birsay, bere bannocks, black guillemots Curlews, cuckoos, Churchill Barriers, common skate egg cases Daily seal (well not quite but almost saw one every day). Eagles (Sea) back … Continue reading

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Goodbye Orkney

A grey day to leave Stromness by but the sea was calm and the sun came out as we passed the Old Man of Hoy. Even saw a puffin do a bouncing bomb act into the sea. The long drive … Continue reading

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Last Day in Orkney

Sad to say that today was the last day in Orkney. So difficult to decide where to go many beautiful places. But it was back to the Bay of Skaill for us. Such a wonderful spot not just because of … Continue reading

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Grand Dwellings and Sandy Beaches

By 1607 the dwellings on Orkney (well some of them!) had become significantly grander than the humble beginnings at Skara Brae. The Earl’s and Bishops Palaces in Kirkwall all felt very modern though by Orcadian standards! But after a brief foray into the … Continue reading

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Tarry A While

Watching the way people visit things in the outdoors. Partly because I always seem to be one of the last to leave, even on a chilly and blustery one.  So often people just pass by with a quick photo and just … Continue reading

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Why I Love Nature (At Least 10 Reasons)

Musing over a morning cup of tea taken outside looking at a marvellous view over Scapa Flow I started to tot up all the reasons I love being out in nature. Here’s around 10 of them It makes me feel … Continue reading

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Surprised by Puffins

Not quite sure why we decided to go to Yesnaby today. It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision but it was the right one. Didn’t get a site of the rare Primula scotica. If I had … Continue reading

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Wind Blasted on South Ronaldsay

The main problem with Orkney is that there is so much to see and do. There is also a temptation also to jump on a ferry and go and see more stuff on other islands. That temptation has been resisted … Continue reading

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