Montage at The Orkneys
Updated: Nov 22, 2018
Just over a week ago, Emergents sponsored me to travel the length and breadth of Scotland to learn about filming with a mobile in the Orkneys.
And for a show off like me this was a dream come true.
I have always fancied a bit of slap stick and now, here was my chance. To get to grips with the iPhone and make fantastic, rip- roaring films that would bring me an audience beyond my dreams.
Make ‘em laugh- I was going to make them slit their sides…
It was a drive and half up north; along a coast that my hubby and I didn’t see because, in my wisdom, I had decided to drive overnight and arrive for the first ferry. We only had two nights and I wanted to explore the island.
We got a ticket on the tour bus and through half shut eyes peered out into the rain at Kirkwall and beyond…Then jumped back on the bus waking only to visit Stromness, for a local beer and soup.
“Do you think that’s a good idea,’ said Hubby, eyeing my pint.
My Hubby is more a tea man.
And with a comment that any wife would be proud of, I downed my pint and threw him a glare. Before I knew it I was staggering through prehistoric stones and villages that made my time living in a caravan look like luxury.
Orkney is a place worth visiting, Kirkwall is as cute as a cup cake. When we were there it was full of tourists from a cruise ship the size of oil tanker. It towered over the other fishing boats in the small bay like a sky scraper in the middle of a field. And its’ cargo filled every tourist spot with Europeans who had no idea that pushing -pissed people of.
The Orcadians embrace these new visitors in a stoical,"let’s make the most of it" fashion. The shops of Kirkwall and Stromness are geared to tantalized with Orkney arts and crafts and "ye oldie world"streets. The historical spots, (which range from castles to standing stones) are polished and preened, keeping visitors amused even in the rain. And a noisy Australian ike me, not only quiet but wanting to come back again.
Raining, hail or wind…
The workshop was held in Orkney newly built library- deliciously fill with books which I wish had more time to explore. It looked like the local hub full of community news- sort of like how Lochgilphead’s community centre used to be.