“Then the whole fieldful of queens/Swirls in a dance”
Some photographs from Roger Neville-Smith of the display in the kirk
. Winds light or moderate from the west or northwest. Maximum temperature 12 °C.
Fresh southeasterly then occasionally strong southwesterly winds. Maximum temperature 13 °C.
“Harvest coming along nicely……Good to see……Next thing, there’ll be castles and caterpillars made of bales…..Good to see too….”
Doors Open 2021 features some excellent online presentations including this one from Orkney Library and Archive of Harvest times. It features contributions by Mary Bichan and Jim Laughton.
“ Gentlemen advised to carry firearms – No more than 3 to a bed. No tinkers, Drifters or Tattie Hoakers “
“What my family used to call ‘saving the hay’…”
For hundreds of years the farming ritual of seed time and harvest had remained relatively unchanged
Orkney at harvest time