Sunday, May 8, 2011

Announcement! (Isn't that what this blog is for?)

Just to let you know, I won't be posting for about another week. Now (way) up north, on Orkney. Technology us (understandably) relatively rare.

TIL (Today I Learned): The Shetland and Orkney islands used to belong to Norway, and were important bases for Viking invasions. This was the case until Christian the I of Norway pledged Orkney as payment on the dowry of his daughter Margaret to James the III of Scotland in 1468. The money was never paid, so Orkney became Scottish.

Also, the word for Orkney in Scottish Gaelic: Archaibh


  1. Are you going to see Allan and Angela Way? And your cousin Elizabeth?

  2. How did you guess? Oh, wait, that's right, chances are slim we'd have more relatives up that way.

    Anyway, just got back from there, we had a wonderful visit. They were great, and Orkney gave us plenty to do. The historical remains are absolutely fascinating.