Maggie Ann's Lament…..Faray……

by Bernie Bell - 09:21 on 23 August 2022

Maggie Ann’s Lament

We live near the Bay of Hinderayre and by the path along the Bay are two sheds – a tattie store and a boat-shed.  The boat-shed has an old boat in it – not sea-worthy but still just about holding itself together.

I’ve written about the buildings by the Bay before…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/04/25/walking-out-from-the-house-again/ .

Folk tend to pick up rubbish from the beach and put it in the boat.  While it’s good that people take the trouble to help to keep the beach free of rubbish – especially plastic – this habit of dumping flotsam and jetsam in the boat meant that the owners were left with the task of clearing it out now and then and disposing of the accumulated crap.

Mike walked past the boat shed recently and saw that a notice has been put up - a plea from the boat - asking people not to leave junk in her…..



I think this is a nice, friendly way to get the message across that rubbish isn’t someone else’s responsibility.  If a person is responsible enough to pick something up (and a big gold star for doing so!), it would be good if they would also be responsible enough to take it away with them and dispose of it.

I’m sure that Sylvia Wishart wouldn’t have left rubbish in the boat when she was drawing it!

Among the Docken seeds among the rocks by the shore – it’s rubbish – but somehow I don’t have the heart to object to it…….


Here’s a very edifying tale of people making a concerted effort to keep rubbish out of the sea and off the beaches….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/05/09/the-road-goes-ever-on-and-on-bilbo-baggins/

We have good neighbours!


Faray - Wind turbines vs. Seals....

It was in ‘The Orcadian’ last week – The Powers That Be are starting with Faray again….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/10/25/just-a-reminder/

They let it go quiet for a while and now they’re trying to sneak back with the wind turbine plans.  Wind turbines vs. seals. The seals don’t stand a chance. Wildlife doesn’t stand a chance these days.  If something is in our way we sweep it aside. I watched a television programme where Jane MacDonald was on a boat in Florida – the man driving the boat proudly told her that the area used to be swamp – like the Everglades, full of alligators, snakes, all kinds of wildlife but now – clear  waters lap around uniformly shaped circular or oval islands - man made.  Jane was oohing and ahhing at this, but I thought – where did the animals go to?

It’s what we do  - if something is in our way - it has to go.


For that matter, as long as we can ‘sweep away’  our excrement – flush it down the toilet -  we don’t think too much about where that ends up until we find ourselves swimming in it.

‘I must go down to the sea again

To the lonely sea and the sky

Where I can stand and contemplate

The jobbies floating by.’

The whole human world  is intent on going  to hell in a hand cart – though  who would know what a hand-cart is these days, in the ‘developed’ nations of the world?

End of rant - for now....


Here’s one Mike made earlier – about something from a time when humans had more regard for LIFE……. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/07/26/more-matters-neolithical-the-ball-of-towie/



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