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Of barnacles and geese

Message to say that the Orkney Story Stack session for Thursday 21 March is postponed due to illness. A new date will be confirmed soon.


Sorry to make you wait to hear Margaret’s goose barnacle encrusted log story! That’s her photograph of the very same log above moored at Moaness Pier.

Meantime another story…..have you ever wondered where Goose barnacles and Barnacle geese got their name?

Wildlife blogger David Craven helps out –


“The goose-tree” from Gerard’s Herbal (1597), displaying the belief that goose barnacles produced barnacle geese.  Image above from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom. Image below Wikimedia Commons.


This Australian goose barnacle below is showing its ‘feathers’. Image shared on Wikimedia Commons  by John Turnbull more here.


The following image of a goose barnacle bejewelled bottle that washed up in Stronsay is by Tom Kent and from the Orkney Library & Archive. It is this image that sparked Margaret’s story in the first place. We will post Margaret’s log tale (and Terry’s story about the same log) and other Hoy stories here in summer.


Orkney Story Stack is a Digital Storytelling project managed by Orkney Library & Archive and part of the wider Digital Storytelling pilot run by Scottish Book Trust.



To mark the commemorations of the Longhope lifeboat disaster we are displaying Johnny Pottinger’s newspaper clippings reporting the tragedy from 50 years ago.

The exhibition will be on display at Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre until the end of the month.

A link to BBC Radio Orkney’s commemorative programme below.

Burnmouth features in the New York Times

NY Times writer Stephen Hiltner undertakes a bothy odyssey and bags Burnmouth…..

Image: Jeff Clark and Skye photographed by bothy aficionado Stephen Hiltner

Coincidentally in the ‘Out of Doors’ programme this morning presenter Mark Stephen recalled the paper birds installation by artist Laura Drever at Burnmouth – see more here.

Image: Laura Drever’s 2008 installation during the Triangle Arts Residency in Hoy

Burnmouth, on everyone’s lips.

Hoy Ho Ho


In case you are looking for a special book gift…we are happy to say that there are a few copies of Pearl Sinclair’s book ‘A Photographic Census of Hoy Parish 2011-2013’ in Stromness Books & Prints or available by contacting us here.

We could make sure you get it in time for Christmas if you order by Monday 17th Dec (if you are UK based) and if you live in Orkney we can drop it round for a mince pie.

The book is available for direct order (print to order) from Blurb here in different formats including e-book and PDF.

More about Pearl’s book here.