Thursday 17th October 2019,
Frontiers Magazine

Browsing the "Countryside" Category


Exploring Hoy

Every Friday I would run from school and straight onto the M.V. Graemsay that would take me to the island of Hoy: my muddy childhood paradise. My family had a cottage on the island that sat high up on a hill. It was heated by peat that my Dad had dug up and dried earlier [...]

July 3, 2013 Rose Matheson Countryside Comments Off

Sheep and genes, wool and weaving

A hot day, and sheep lie panting in the shade, each covered in an insulating blanket of wool. Does a ewe remember last year’s clipping, and the lightness of being? Does she long for the same to happen again? Who knows what goes on inside a sheep’s head. Wool is a fascinating natural material, a [...]

July 2, 2013 Ann Lingard Countryside Comments Off

Knockando Woolmill

The mill sits nestled in a flat-bottomed valley edged along one side by the Knockando Burn, and on the other by a steep tree-clad incline. The landscape clings to frost and snow during winter, untroubled by wind. In summer long sunny days illuminate a rare treasure, a remote rural district mill that for well over [...]

June 30, 2013 Elidh Myrvang Brown Countryside 0
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A Walk to the Hamars

“My, that’s a wintry soond,” a visitor remarked as the gale came snarling around the end of the house, one evening shortly after midsummer. The turn of the days came imperceptibly, bringing no fine weather, and the midnight sun made its small circling of the North obscured in heavy cloud; the book I took out [...]

June 26, 2013 Bessie Skea Countryside 0

Straw bale structures for Orkney

‘Structures’ means anything above ground which is not actually in contact with the sea or a burn. In other words: houses, garages, barns, studios, medical centres, commercial and light industrial premises and so on – anything up to 2½ storeys high. Frequently asked questions What about fire? A straw bale structure is more resistant to [...]

June 26, 2013 Nick Morrison Countryside Comments Off

Haaf-netting in the Solway Firth

Criffel has vanished, blotted out by the rain that is sweeping across the Firth into our faces. We are standing in a row facing the incoming tide; there’s not much talking, just an occasional comment or joke amongst the men. Mark Messenger and I are at the seaward end of the row, and the fast-moving [...]

March 1, 2013 Ann Lingard Countryside 0