Looking north west towards my route today, the sun is shining and I’m nearly packed. Thanks to Aiko and Davide’s neighbours James and Kim who I visited last night, I have these words by Howie Firth to guide me on my way to Orkney. It also paves the road to places I will visit.
From the artist and photographer Gunnie Moberg’s book (which they very kindly loaned me) “A Swedish Orcadian”:
“Orkney's position, an island crossroads where
sea-routes meet, has brought from early times
travellers and perspectives from many cultures.
Mediterranean voyagers set up the Neolithic
standing stones and burial mounds. Later came
the Norse who built St Magnus Cathedral. Some
Orcadians are descended from shipwreck survivors
who included Spanish Armada crewmen and
Scottish Covenanters. Two world wars have
brought further people, as have North Sea oil and
renewable energy, art and archaeology
Orkney absorbs them all, and gets something of
immense value- fresh ways of looking at the
world. And this is part of the essence of being an
Orcadian -to be open to new ideas and adapt and
This is absolutely the spirit in which I venture forth, in search of fresh ways of looking at the world. Speaking of which, I have also just discovered through them, Gunnie’s son’s work @paulmacphail , a local Portadian? (Please corrrct) who makes wonderful works of art on the beach. I highly recommend you have a look at both artists’ work. I go forth with the spirit of adventure and connection deep in my heart.