“There is quite an intriguing story behind the stranding and loss of the 215 ton Canadian three-masted barque Agil almost 150 years ago and the events which followed.”
“There have been very few unusual sightings during the last month – two or three brief views of both Woodcock (daytime) and Long-eared Owl (after dark)”
“Some of the most unexpected bird sightings in the last 30 years.”
“As enthusiasm for the show gathered momentum, wood and rope was purchased to make stock pens, donations of cups for prize-winners were sought and judges found, with arrangements put in place for the ‘steamer’ to call along Stronsay with invited guests and visitors on ‘Show Day’.”
“The importance of a successful harvest and the holding of festivals to celebrate this have been going on for thousands of years all over the world”
“There was a typical mixture of unusual species in late Autumn, spread across most areas of the island, but with bird-watching somewhat curtailed this year there are bound to have been several we did not see or hear of. “
By Dr Phillip Gaskell, who will be Stronsay’s locum GP until 13 December.
Two wreaths were laid at the war memorial on Stronsay. Images by Roger Neville-Smith.
On 2nd of February 1883, the Bremen registered barque Charlotte left Antwerp bound for New York with a cargo of pig iron, steel wire and a large number of empty petroleum casks.
” a rather strange event that occurred more than fifty years after the end of the war and the disbanding of the Home Guard.”