101 years ago whilst every one else celebrated the cease fire of the Great War the family of J Mackay only had the grief of his death at the age of 21.

The least we can do is remember his name and the sacrifice of his future so we could have ours.

Respect to J MACKAY. Respect.

You always find gold at the end of the rainbow. A windswept day at the Brough of Birsay.

My two guests from Boston USA watching the waves crash in at the Brough of Birsay. Hopefully I managed to show them just a little of what makes Orkney Great.

We managed to miss most of the rain, if not the wind. Tried my new tour about 5000 years of living on Orkney. Still needs a little work to get it right.

One of the guests has had a DNA analysis done and she is 25% Scandinavian followed strongly by Orcadian. I hope she got a glimpse of how her ancestors here may have lived. Certainly Kirbuster museum, with its wonderful warm and smokey peat fire, and equally as good custodian, created an experience of all the senses.

 

Many of my Trike tours pass the small green at the top of Clay Loan the place where Orkney Witches were executed.

Follow the link to find out about the witches on Orkney and what became of them.

https://witches.is.ed.ac.ed/

Today the place if execution isĀ  in a built up area of Kirkwall. I often point it out as where the witches of Ork ey were executed. Today there is a stone which acknowledges they were just ordinary people, who lived in very different times. Continue reading Many of my Trike tours pass the small green at the top of Clay Loan the place where Orkney Witches were executed.

An interesting programme broadcast in Germany, has some good content and the views are brilliant.

https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/082231-007-A/love-rituals-in-orkney/?fbclid=IwAR0y4yCEdWo4YoHoSgAGv32GzyTXsb5eqDDop7OydJa3rg1hBtm6M9Hc0nY

There is a discussion to how long “blackenings” have involved the bride and that it also happens else where around Scotland. It is, however , part of Orcadian life today so should be celebrated.

I am glad tho’ that I didn’t have to go through the ceremony when I got married.