8 August 2012 Birsay yarnwife enjoying herself

I thought I would have to report that Birsay yarnwife had left the Ring of Brodgar for an unknown destination… again.


I should have known better.  She has been at the dig at the Ness of Brodgar and is going to the Dounby show tomorrow. Let’s hope the sun shines.


8 August 2012 Hunting for North Ronaldsay sheep

I’ve recently heard that two of the sheep flocks on North Ronaldsay have been sighted – and enjoyed. These are on the east side of the island.

The photo below is of the pund where the first flock was placed, on the west side (Bay of Ryasgeo on howling wind and stinging sleet). Hope it helps the searchers…


5 August 2012 Bulletin on Orkney installations

Just back from a visit to Orkney. Didn’t get a chance to check all the sites to see whether yarnwives or installations had wandered. But I have got quite a lot of information for all that!

Although Birsay yarnwife had permission to stay at the Ring of Brodgar (many thanks to the ranger team for their kind welcome), she is no longer there. And Brodgar yarnwife and her egg pouches have also totally disappeared from their field gate. I wonder where they have wandered to now…? and when and where they will be sighted again?

I know indirectly that the Birsay installation is still there despite the fact that Birsay yarnwife left it – there have been some great comments on Facebook about the rock wrapping there.

I visited Hoxa yarnwife and her installation on Friday 3 August, and was pleased to see that she was still guarding her installation (although one of her two wrapped rocks has moved and has broken in half; and the second one has gone altogether). I tidied her up and retied her sandbag.

The day before (Thursday 2 August) I visited Wideford yarnwife who has most of her installation intact – just one outlying wrapping (on a fallen fence post) missing there.

I didn’t get the chance to visit the island installations, so it is great to get a blog comment today (please have a look at the page on Hegasaer’s mission) about North Ronaldsay yarnwife and her flocks. Thanks very much, Njalsdottir – it’s great to know that two months on, at least part of the installation is still there.

So there is only one element of RePlace Orkney which I can’t report on. I am hoping someone can let me know how Hoy yarnwife and her washing are doing, up the slope in the glen.

I’ll post some images in the next day or two, both of absences and presences. If anyone else has any images it would be great to post them on the blog.