We had a plan for our 3rd day, the wind had dropped, the sun was out, so at low tide we could cross the causeway to explore the Brough of Birsay. However, as we were getting ready to set out the rain started in.

Undeterred beloved quickly set up a back up plan to pack a picnic lunch and head off ro the Churchill Barriers where we had spent most of our time those years ago.

We stopped off at a couple of places first, part of the craft trail we had been planning to do at some point, the first, Michael Sinclair Woodturning I will post about later for reasons that will become self evident, then Alison Moore whose Jewellery we had seen at the Orkney Brewery but, as we have learned it is far better to visit the creator if you can. As a consequence we have ended up with individual commissioned pieces rather than the run of the mill offerings.

Then, stopping off at St Marys just before the barriers so I could photograph and beloved sketch a land locked boat

a boat out of water

Then we continued on to the barriers themselves. The sunken ships are still there

A boat under water

With the wind a steady breeze beloved sketched some more, whilst I played with a Christmas present, a pocket kite.

This kept Me amused for so long we had little time to stop quickly for afternoon tea and a return to the breathtaking Italian Chapel

Inside the Italian chapel

We were pleased to see that the chapel has had some funding, and is receiving the care and attention it deserves, sadly some of it required because of malicious damage and theft in previous years. But a lovely way to finish the day


Oh, and I saw a seal
(This one was behind Me whilst I was taking photo’s at St Mary’s, I literally turned round to see him watching Me!)


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