An Island Croft in all Seasons – Spring

Spring and Summer

The Door Of Spring Opens

Spring colours and light

THE GLIMMERINGS
‘They Must Have Known,all The Same, That In the End they must make a treaty with the Earth’ GMB
‘She saw her Farm Steading and Beyond It A Sower casting Seeds in The Brown Furrows, Singing To Himself’ GMB
‘It Is A Part Of The Great Wave Of Light That Surges Over The World In March’ George Mackay Brown
‘That Loveliness Has Come and Gone On the Spring Wind For All Those Thousands Of Years‘ George Mackay Brown
It Is The Colour Of The Sun’ GMB
‘Winter Has its time,Then Gives Way to Spring With The New Grass……..The Year Was Marvellously and Precisely Balanced’ GMB
The Via Croft Cat…Harrey…The Rat Killer
A Sea Haar In Spring…..The Via Croft’s Old Windmill’

It is the vernal equinox.Perhaps,at the very end of March,there might be snowflakes in the wind,to remind the crofter that Winter,though he was slowly yielding,had dark strength in him.George Mackay Brown

But by April the tides of light and growth were flooding everywhere…….George Mackay Brown

SUMMER

Our ignorant great-grandfathers had a relationship with the sun that was intense and meaningful.Midsummer for them was a mysterious time……..they must show their gratitude to the sun with their small mortal fires……George Mackay Brown

THE ENCHANTING TONGUES WENT ON AND ON BESIDE THE FISH OIL LAMPS,THEN THE GREY OF MORNING ENTERED THE CROFTS AND CALLED THE ISLANDERS BACK ONCE MORE TO THEIR HARD WORK OF FISHING AND FARMING.George Mackay Brown

Summer Skies At Via Croft

Summer Sunrise At Via Croft
‘This Man liked to Sit at His Door in the Evening and Just Look at the Sea and Sky’ GMB
A Summer Story Pathway to Via Croft
‘The Life Giving Sun…..When the Hills and the Sea Lie soaked in Light’ GMB
‘Because of the Sun their Beasts Had Multiplied and Their Corn Was Green’ GMB
This Story Pathway to Via Croft
Calls to Memory Past Times and Other Places
Via Croft’s Magical ‘Trowie’ Seat to Sit in the Summer Sunlight
A Summer Sunset at Via Croft
The Via Croft Pathway of Golden Dandelions
‘A Few Lustrous Drops Of Light on the Land’ GMB
‘The Crofting Man Liked Nothing Better Than to Walk About His Land at Sunset’ GMB

‘Midsummer……In Orkney there is always something special about that…..We stand in the full dazzle of light. It was always, from the beginning, a time of mystery.’ George Mackay Brown