Successful Swandro Open Day +….C.A.A.T… Sands O’Wright/Dam of Hoxa…Rolling Boulders...

by Bernie Bell - 07:59 on 01 August 2022


Saturday started soggy but then cleared and, though breezy, turned into a pleasant day – just right for an outdoor Open Day……


Hmmmmm…reading Caz’ mention of the nearby archaeological sites, I thought I’d add this…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/05/18/bernie-bell-orkney-walks-with-stories-rousay or, considering all the additional stuff in the ‘comments’ - I should say these!

+    https://www.swandro.co.uk/post/quernstones-fond-farewells


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We’ve been to the Sands O’ Wright/Dam of Hoxa many times….


It was a sunny Sunday with a cooling breeze - so we went again!

On the sand, right along the length of the Bay, there were what must have been hundreds of Sea-gooseberries. We’d never seen so many in one place – and they looked very appealing, gleaming in the sunshine…

Though they’re called gooseberries, they’re not edible for humans. What does eat jelly-fish, apart from turtles?


Then along the path through the willows – perfect for a day like that – a bit shady and very peaceful. Along the track by the Dam of Hoxa – sandwiches and a cuppa tea sitting on a big rock by the shore, then back along the track, passing the broch to our right, and turning left onto the road to pass the otter statue with its bow tie - which was getting a bit battered by the breeze! 

Someone had left a painted stone propped up by the otter – standing stones against green grass and blue sky – fits the scene beautifully.

We’ll be back…


Rolling Boulders with Steve Drury!



Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/01/07/hands/




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