Category Archives: Orkney

Return to civilisation

Looking back on my blog from last year, I realise that it ended suddenly. The main reason for this is that I found the transition from wilderness to the human-dominated world quite traumatic. Prior to my return to normal society … Continue reading

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Check on Egilsay

26th July Travelled to Egilsay to pick up my dry-suit and some other things for the trip. The caravan hasn’t let that much rain in since my last visit (and there were some really heavy showers) so she might be … Continue reading

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Back in Orkney for two days

25/26th July It feels strange being back in Orkney. I don’t feel as if I belong here, as if it is no longer my home. The weather is intensely hot — as if the summer has been compressed into just … Continue reading

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Ferry in waves

Sunday night, took the ferry to Shetland. Decided to walk to Hatston just for the exercise. I reckoned if Chris can walk to the Arctic I could walk to Hatston. I surprised myself by sleeping quite well on one of … Continue reading

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Bewildered phoenix

Today, Chris and Barbara Cooper are arriving in Orkney from Canada. Chris is an arctic explorer and guide in British Columbia, Canada. I first met Chris a number of years ago when he gave a talk to the local Orkney … Continue reading

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Moved out

I have Moved out of my flat on Bosquoy Road! Taken a leap and gone nomad. I felt such a relief at being out of there that my body felt stronger and more relaxed than it had ever felt before, … Continue reading

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The journey begins

It’s time to climb out of the quicksand that I am floating in; time to move on. I’m not where I want to be, in a tiny box with elephants dancing on the roof, or going where I want to … Continue reading

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