“For some 46-year-olds, a mid-life crisis involves a sports car, a 20-year-old girlfriend and a sudden interest in hair gel. For me it was giving up sports writing in the West Midlands and becoming a sort-of pig farmer on the Orkney island of Westray (just off the north coast of Scotland). Here I’m looking after pigs, chickens and my sanity.”
That was what I said about four years ago when I started writing a blog and we’re still here. We’ve had to make the odd compromise along the way, and I still haven’t got things right, but this is home and we’re happy.
Westray is one of Orkney’s North Isles, stuck on the top left-hand side if you look at a map of the county. The population of the island is around 580. The main industries are farming, fishing and (during the summer months) tourism. There’s a school for children aged 5-16, two hotels, three shops. . . and a pig farm. It’s a bloody lovely place and well worth the long journey to visit it.
The blog started over at www.the-edge-of-nowhere.blogspot.com and old posts are still there if you’d like to read them.