Winter in Orkney

We’ve both been busy this autumn despite fewer visitors. Margaret was in the St. Magnus Players’ production of Oh! What a Lovely War performing in Kirkwall, Hoy (the Fleet’s wartime base in both wars) and Deerness. Penny Aberdein’s brilliant direction brought out both the tragedy and the humour of the script.

Margaret in costume

Margaret in costume

David  joined the Board of Orkney Heritage Society. This charity hopes to repair the Kitchener Monument and create a memorial to all those who lost their lives when HMS Hampshire struck a mine on 5 June 1916. Time is tight!

We’ve been stimulated by going on an Archaeology course run by the University of the Highlands and Islands Institute of Archaeology.

Last week we were  in Margaret’s home island of Sanday. We had a lovely ferry journey out with Kirkwall, and the spire of St. Magnus, illuminated by the setting sun passing the wartime coastal defences on Orkney Mainland and Shapinsay. Yesterday we had a superb walk along one of Sanday’s many fine beaches to the remains of the Utrecht. No wind or rain, despite what we’re wearing.

David, Margaret and Rory in Sanday last week.

David, Margaret and Rory in Sanday last week.