Natural Magic on the Orkney Islands: Part One

The essence of Orkney’s magic is silence, loneliness and the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light.” – George Mackay Brown

A few short weeks ago we were immersed in the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s summer festivals.  As I type now, we are 300 miles north, on the Mainland of the Orkney Isles – it could not be more different!

We arrived by ferry just over 24 hours ago and already it feels like we have been transported to the magical, distant place described by Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown.  This was the view from our holiday property early this morning (click on any image to enlarge):

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My contribution to Daphne du Maurier Reading Week and other bookish treasures

I try very hard these days to avoid buying too many books. Don’t get me wrong – in my heart, I believe that there is no such thing as ‘too many books’. But the practicalities of life cannot be ignored and I am more inclined these days to favour having space in our apartment to spread out and read, rather than hundreds of books around to try and shelve.

Having said that, I occasionally let rip and have a splurge on new-to-me titles. Today was one such event.

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