Sunday, 3 July 2011

Hares, Tall ships and exhibitions

 It has been quite a while since I last wrote anything meaningful here.  Summer in Orkney is pretty idyllic.  The days are so long that around this time of year it barely gets dark at night.  And there is so much to do such as paddling in the sea on one of the numerous white beaches or watching the nesting sea birds clinging to cliffs.

Today I managed to try out a new design which I have had planned since spring when I saw hares boxing in fields around our house.  I'm hoping to have the new range available soon in my Etsy shop and Folksy shop.

I spent Saturday setting up my stall ready for the launch of the Orkney Arts & Crafts exhibition and sale.  This is an annual event which takes place at Kirkwall Town Hall throughout July.  Crafts people from all over the Orkney islands get together and show-off their hand crafted goods which is a good mix of traditional and contemporary crafts.  The exhibition is launched this Tuesday at 11am by Cameron Stout of Big Brother fame and is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm until 30th July (the Town Hall is the building currently covered in scaffolding opposite the Cathedral).

Setting up at Kirkwall Town Hall

I have my eye on a pair of those lovely colourful socks from the island of Westray!

As I came out of the Town Hall, I found that the sun was most certainly shining for one lucky couple who had just got hitched at the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral.   

The island has started to buzz as there are just 12 days left before the Tall Ship Race comes to the islands.  Around 18 of these magnificent vessels are due to spend time on the islands and my husband and I are lucky enough to be on one of the ships for the day!  Can't wait!  Will keep you posted.

For more information about the Tall Ships Race in Orkney, click  HERE!


  1. Looks like lots of things happening all at once. Really great photos and I hope the crafts exhibition goes well.

  2. Wow! I love the new hares! So pretty!

    Good luck with the sale

    And the tall ship look magnificent! Enjoy your day abord!

  3. Love the new hares! Good luck with the annual exhibition too! Erika