” we’d been for a walk round the Loch of Ayre, Holm and were coming back along the side of the Loch nearest to the road when we saw a Cormorant, struggling. It was between the edge of the water and a big patch of Flag-irises.”
Hugh Miller, possibly Scotland’s most famous geologist, visited Orkney in 1846. He went to see Clouston’s collection of fossils. He also met with William Watt of Skaill House and saw a specimen of great interest to them both which Watt had himself collected.
“Jim Goddin has very generously donated a collection of Eddie’s writing and art-work to the Orkney Library as a long-term loan, and the library staff are adding these to their Archive of Eddie’s work. “
Elizabeth Reed, of North Carolina, America is trying to locate the grave of Eddie Cummins so that she can visit it. Can any readers help?
“It looks like now, the RSPB is mainly interested in what is cost-effective. ” Letters page
“The RSPB has taken the decision to cut the RSPB warden post in Hoy to a part time job.”
Strong to gale force southeast winds. Maximum temperature 12 °C.
“Ah! Seaweed smells from sandy caves/And thyme and mist in whiffs,”
“Then the whole fieldful of queens/Swirls in a dance”
Sketch by W. A. Donnelly (dated 1895) of the Cup & Ring marks on the Cochno Stone, West Dunbartonshire. Published by John Bruce in 1896 image via The Urban Prehistorian