Orkney changed our life!
In 2018 myself and my dad were asked to come to Orkney to carry out work. I had not long had a baby - she was 4 months old. My partner stayed at home with her while I came to work. We did 2 weeks on, a week off and so on, for 3 months. I loved being in Orkney but obviously I missed being home with my family.
Every time I went home I couldn't believe the difference in the people. Why was everyone so stressed, why was everyone in such a rush? I hated it and longed to be back in Orkney.
Myself and my dad have worked all around the UK and never have I fallen in love with somewhere as I did Orkney.
One day I was sitting with my mum and asked, would you move to Orkney? I explained to her what it was like and she said yes. I spoke to my partner about it and he also agreed.
They came up to have a look around before we made the commitment. After that we proceeded to make the big move to Orkney.
Fortunately for us we already had work here. In the job we have we get to meet a lot of people so we found it quite easy to find our feet.
After living here for 12 months my dad went to the doctor and discovered he needed a double heart bypass. He was sent to Aberdeen hospital to have the procedure.
I truly believe moving here saved his life. He never would have got the time to go to hospital if we were still south with the amount of pressure people put him under to carry out jobs. The work load is completely different here and the people are so much more understanding.
We have been here 3 years this year and we would not change it for the world. Okay, the winters are long dark and windy but I can deal with that to have the beautiful days we get throughout the year. If you move here to blend in and work hard and contribute to the community, all should work well.
It's not as easy for everyone to make the move as it has been for us and that is unfortunate but I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Being asked to come and work here was a life changing opportunity and I am truly grateful.
Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!