Monthly Archives: July 2012

Alford, Scotland. Resting before the big leap.

27 July Now in Alford, Scotland, with some of Chris and Barbara’s friends. I can’t believe it: yesterday I climbed to the top, almost, of a hill and could not see the sea, anywhere! And there are trees in clumps … 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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Bridge End to St Ninian’s Isle

With a smaller crew we set off for Maywick bay. The wind was Westerly so we had to head into the wind in order to stay on track. The going was good until we reached an area open to the … Continue reading

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Paddle from Scalloway to Bridge end

Paddled down from Scalloway to Bridge End — about 15 kilometres — with a crew of nine. It was downwind most of the time but we skirted round the southern end of the island past the Stacks of Houssness which … Continue reading

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Conservatory poem

The Conservatory Green fingers Glowing shades of green Cool colours in the mist Of time Green fingers Growing natures dreams Aromas in the wind I dream Green fingers Time goes on and on And tears of long ago Fall by … Continue reading

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Early morning in Cullivoe

The first light, well, the first light that I saw, first appeared dark and cold but then I opened my eyes wider. I noticed the smoothly rippling cloud layer, like the underside of a cotton-wool duvet. Diffuse light shone down … Continue reading

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Arrival in Shetland

Arrival in Shetland.  We journeyed up to Jane’s on Unst (a wonderful woman in her generosity and hospitality) in Chris’s hire car. It was strange being back in Shetland again after such a cathartic previous year. Things happened last year … 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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