Summer continues. Schools have finished here, Wimbledon is in full swing, nearly every second field has a tractor in it busy, busy, the young farm animals and the multiplying wild life are prospering. Our pond area is alive with froglets. The garden is full of flowers which in turn is supporting a large number of bees. Life is good.


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There are a lot of visitors in Orkney, historic sites are buzzing, we have had a lot of overseas visitors in the Gallery from New Zealand, to Texas, to Westray, never tire of meeting all these people from around the world and different walks of life.

It has been a busy few months for our small part of the country, folk festival, St Magnus festival, Referendums (that’s all I’m putting on that!!!!!😉), busiest year yet for Cruise Liners along with everything else that goes on as a general rule in the county.

I believe we are doing very well with the weather too, compared to further south and even over in the continent. We have had an excellent start to the summer months, warm, just the right amount of rain (mainly overnight), not often it happens that way round and I have probably jinxed it now, but it’s been a long wet windy winter after a poor summer last year so it would be great to get a few good months, for pleasure, tourists and farmers alike.

Summer also means show time. The Royal Highland Show has just finished with some excellent representation from Orkney. Local shows begin here later this month ending with the County show second weekend in August. As I mentioned before Michael had been asked to judge at the Sanday show, exciting, so we will be having a day out to his home island August 5th. This year’s archaeological dig at the Ness begins on Monday. So plenty to see and do.

While I have been looking after admin., the gallery and the garden Michael has been busy producing pieces including a few statement pieces. Large Orkney sycamore hollow form with ebony finial. Elm wall hanging in the ‘Broken Shield’ range with ebony studs and bronze staples as well as our 1st go at the resin casting producing blanks to make threaded boxes from. Follow us on Facebook to see up to date pictures of pieces as they are finished.

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