Just got back from a week’s holiday in the Orkneys. Just wonderful. Really good meals, 300 photographs and nine poems, so that can’t be bad. There’s just so much of interest in a short space, and going with Ramblers (again) means that somebody’s planning the itinerary so that you pack in almost everything that needs to be seen – four or five different sites, from a range of time zones. Plus, just over a year after acquiring two new knees, I’m going on eight-mile walks without pain and holding up the main party, although my performance on high stiles and descending uneven ground is still more tentative than I’d like. Finally, amazingly, we had really good weather. The locals could hardly believe it, so we were seriously blessed.