How's your summer going?
We're halfway through July and there's been a lot of activity here this summer and loads more to come.
The Folk Festival and St Magnus Festival have passed, Kirkwall has survived the doubling of its population due to 7,000 cruise liner passengers who visited the town on the first Saturday of the month and the Queen's Baton has come and gone. There's still a busy summer of activity to look forward to though with Stromness Shopping Week's many activities kicking off on 20 July and then a series of popular agricultural shows culminating in the County Show in Kirkwall on 9 August. The vintage rally, a gathering of an incredible number of well kept vintage cars, tractors and machinery and the Riding of the Marches follow, and then early September sees the start of the Orkney International Science Festival. Lots to do and see, and no one should miss a chance to visit the Ness of Brodgar dig in the 6 weeks it is open (beginning 16 July) - the talks on what the archaeologists are finding there are simply fascinating.