The island next door
Our next-door island, Burray, has St Lawrence as patron saint. (I have no idea who our South Ronaldsay patron saint is, but I rather assume it must be St Margaret.)
Anyway, St Lawrence church is somewhat ruined, yet its churchyard is still the active cemetery for the folk of Burray. I have heard that weddings can be arranged there, but one had better pray for no rain.
Here's the church itself on a bright and warm day.
And here's the interior, well-lit by its 100% open skylight:
I love the way grass grown along the tops of the walls, cutting sharp little lines against the Orkney sky.
My business at St Lawrence's was twofold: to take little Afina for a walk and also for a first serious play with my new 50mm Voigtländer APO lens. Everything looks so sharp in Orkney light that the sights scream out for a sharp lens. The Voigtländer did well in this respect, I think.
St Lawrence is down by the shore with a typical Orkney view over the cemetery wall. I peeped over it
and then stood a bit taller to take this
Afina wandered around the graveyard, exclaiming at the softness of the grass underfoot. In some places it really felt like a trampoline.
Here the war memorial:
Little children always manage to look wicked.
Here, Afina is just suspicious. (I had to throw away a number of photos because at first she seemed to think it necessary to make silly faces for snaps. But I was having none of it.)
All the while, I just wandered, enjoying the warm sun
The vestry, shall we say?
Sharp lines against the sky:
A rare view with no sea!:
The cemetery has one of the most touching little graves I have ever seen...
...of a still-born child 'who ne'er wept nor smiled'. It brings tears to my eyes.
After a pleasant wander, we took the road back up the hill and headed home:
Location: I usually put a little map as a location guide. Today, however, I'll use What3Words, as I think it's such a clever invention – just three words takes you to a unique 3x3 metre square anywhere on the surface of the globe. In these digital days, it's by far the best way to tell someone where somewhere is.
Click here: https://w3w.co/amplified.outgoing.pink?maptype=satellite
The map will open right on the church and you can zoom out to get an impression of the location.