From Orkney to Outer Hebrides

I guess my favourite places to go in this world are the Scottish Islands. However, it is no longer possible to travel there with a car, since all ferry connections from Scandinavia to Scotland and England have been shut down. Example, if I would like to visit Shetland with my car today, I would have to travel from Oslo, where I live, down through Sweden and Denmark, over to Germany and to Holland. I would have to get a ferry from Holland to southern England, then go all the way up to Scotland and then by ferry to the islands. And back the same way.
This does not work for me.
Luckily, I have taken a lot of pictures on my earlier trips, pictures that I anjoy sharing with you in this forum.

From the coast of Lewis, near the hamlet of Five Penny Borve.

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More from Orkney

From Corrigall farm museum. smoking fish in the smoke from burning peat

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Jeg har sagt opp Aftenposten

Jeg har til nå kost meg veldig md en papiravis ved siden av frokosten. Meg siden “min” avis i over 60 år tuller det til med sin lay-out i Del 2, gidder jeg ikke lenger å la irritasjonen over disse underlige valgene til avisen gjøre meg irritert.
Derfor har jeg nå sagt opp mitt abonnement på avisen.
Her er hva jeg har skrevet:

Nok er nok. Etter at min familie har abonnert på Aftenposten i over 60 år, avslutter jeg nå, i protest. Protest over at avisen vil ha meg til å lese sportssidene baklengs. Jeg skrev et innlegg om dette i avisen, men det ble ikke tatt inn. Om noen har lest mine argumenter, vet jeg ikke. Men siden jeg bare har èn stemme, teller jeg nok ikke.
Jeg er en eldre mann, etter hvert. Nå vil jeg slippe å bli irritert over et for meg viktig punkt i lay-outen. Baksiden i Del 2 er nemlig en forside. Jeg vet ikke hva som er sportens førsteside, for det som ser ut som førstesiden er nemlig aller bakerst.
Helt tåpelig.
Dette er ikke av de viktigste punktene her i verden, men for en som er interessert i design og lay-out er det en daglig kilde til frustrasjon og irritasjon.
Dermed takker jeg avisen for den lange reisen.

Med hilsen
Raymond Wardenær
Pensjonist, tidligere redaktør og informasjonsansvarlig i Norges Volleyballforbund

 

Orkney by bus

The Orkney island is a place with a lot of narrow roads. Therefore, I was a bit sceptical when we took our big bus all the way from Edinburgh and up. “We” was a group from friends who had met in CISV, a peace organisation working with children.
I did not have worried. The driver was very competent and manoeuvered the large ship into the smallest spaces.
In the first image everybody in the bus tries to get a glimpse of something happening in front of our vehicle. The second and third images were taken at Yesnaby, an outpost by the ocean, showing us that Orkney is not only flat pastures, but also has to fight storms from the west.
Se more about Yesnaby.

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Evening in Kirkwall

Kirkwall is not a swinging town in Orkney. The evenings are dark and quiet, no crowds in the streets. However, I go to Orkney for different reasons.
Nature is one. Folk music is another.
In the first picture Jerka from Sweden is on his way to the Reel. Inside atmosphere is so different than outside darkness and stillness.

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the Reel 2

Brough of Birsay

Since I first showed you the image from Birsay on high tide, and my fellow travellers could not get across, here is a picture of the place at low tide. Also, here is an image of som very advanced house building, where they led warm water under the stone floors. That is more than I have today!
Read more about this place.

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Dallas

My longtime friend, Dallas Jones.

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