A Month on Monday (Sunday): April and a Half

Hello, from Hermitude It’s a wrap. All primary data collection is now complete, and I am wading through my analysis of snippets which I find (depending on the day) packed with helpful and interesting direction, and utterly void of any help at all. This is nothing to do with the data; more, just the now-familiar …

Twitter Hashtags: Place, People, and the Internet

Back in November, I hosted a Twitter Hour on the subject of #OrkneySupernatural as part of my research into folklore and contemporary expressions of identity relating to Orkney. I chose #OrkneySupernatural (in discussion with my Director of Studies), because it was an example of what is broadly accepted to be an element of folklore, and …

James Foubister’s Fiddle

After his fiddle was broken at sea, James Foubister made himself a new one; made of tin. The fiddle is currently on loan from the family to Stromness Museum, and can be viewed as part of the museum’s maritime collection. The fiddle was last played in 2016, by James Watson. Read more via the Stromness …

A Month (and a bit) on Monday: March(ish)

Celebrations There has been much to celebrate over the last few weeks, including of couple of birthdays within our circle of family and friends. On Saturday, we also celebrated our first year of marriage. On the first of April last year we made our vows on the shore of Loch Morlich; and, this year, we …

Being Patient

It is now a year since we visited Orkney, and I got to share the place I grew up with My Boys (the four-legged one, in particular, enjoying the beaches). We had hoped to make it up for the music festival in May, but it’s not looking likely now. Still, I probably wouldn’t do as …

The First #UHIresearch Day

Remember in January last year when I said I would be starting a weekly snippet-blog about my research? Well, a lot has happened in the last year or so; though not much on the #MyFigFriday front. With less than thirteen months to submission, now, I’ll be picking this up again. So, to get back in …