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#Touring #Scotland – Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces, Kirkwall, Orkney

In another change of era, here’s a tour of some medieval ruins: the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces in the Orkney capital of Kirkwall, situated opposite St Magnus Cathedral. This is what it might have looked like when in use Inside, you get an idea of the impressive size of this Palace, much of it in […]

Surviving #lockdown – guest post on @brazenbookshelf

Join me as I talk about how I’m surviving lockdown, and take a peek at my home office, on romance recommendation site Brazen Bookshelf:   Thanks to Deborah Jay (from Scotland, UK) for sharing how they’re coping with living in lock-down, we hope you guys are keeping safe and well! I’m currently in lock-down with […]

#Touring #Scotland – Orkney, The Tomb of the Eagles

Back to Neolithic times on Orkney and a visit to the Tomb of the Eagles, also known as Isbister Chambered Cairn. The common name came about because the tomb contained the remains of up to 14 white-tailed sea eagles alongside nearly 16,000 human bones. Situated at the southern end of South Ronaldsay (accessible via the […]

Update & #BookReview – SERANG by C.S. Boyack #coming-of-age #fantasy

Lock down update: the garden is coming along nicely, we’ve dug over 7 of the 10 raised beds and planted 6 of them. The polytunnel still needs sorting out, but we’ve made a start – tomatoes are in the bit of bed that has been dug, and it’s a great place to germinate seedlings. And […]

#Orkney Mainland and Churchill Barriers #Touring #Scotland

Orkney is pretty windswept, and has only small, stunted trees, so the vistas are open, and dominated by stunning coastlines and views of other islands. Remember, Orkney consists of around 70 islands (20 inhabited), so almost everywhere you go has views of other land masses. Although we were there for ten days, there was so […]

#Orkney – the Broch of Gurness #Touring #Scotland

During this strange phase of our lives, I plan to keep on sharing our tour of Orkney last year – so lovely to look at places we cannot currently visit. Swapping time periods again, next came the Broch of Gurness. This is still pretty ancient – Iron Age, somewhere between 500 and 200 years BC. […]

#Orkney – St Magnus Cathedral #Scotland

After crawling into Neolithic tombs on the first morning of our Orkney holiday, the afternoon was time for a shift to a more recent historic site – St Magnus Cathedral. Of course, ‘recent’ is relative, if you get my drift. Kirkwall’s impressive cathedral was founded in 1137, by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of […]

Living the dream – moving to the #Highlands of #Scotland

Life was somewhat manic this week as I began the final stages of my grand move to the Scottish Highlands to live the life I’ve dreamed of for 20 years – ever since I fell in love with the region on a holiday visit. I don’t have much time to spare just now, so I’ll […]

More #Neolithic sites on #Orkney, #Scotland

I promised more, and believe me, there’s plenty more! First up is Unstan Chambered Cairn.   This is only a little way along the road from Maeshowe, and the second of 4 chambered cairns we explored. If you recall, I was a little apprehensive about going into Maeshowe, being somewhat claustrophobic. Having survived the experience […]

#Orkney’s Neolithic sites – the Standing Stones of Stennes, and the Ring of Brodgar #Scotland #holiday

I promised more posts from October’s Orkney holiday, so here’s the next one. I mentioned before that Orkney’s history is amazingly rich, and spanning an incredible range of ages. Most intriguing for me are the Neolithic sites found all over the islands, most incredibly well preserved compared to others of comparable age across the world. […]