For my 80th birthday two years ago Kevan Martin and Catriona Bass pledged 200 willows for the Voice Centre landscaping. With magnificent follow-up generosity they came to Orkney last weekend to plant their hugely appreciated gift. Blessed with two days of sunshine, and ably assisted by Juicy and Magnus, they installed a sweeping surround of golden-stalked willow cuttings inside the dykes and beside the pond.
My heart is filled with gratitude and love for Kevan and Catriona - for their vision, their big hearts, their practicality, their lightness of being and stimulating company. Year after year they will be with us at the Centre as the willows branch and leaf and shelter us from the snell blasts, glowing golden in their sturdy trunks.
Thank you, my dear friends, Kevan and Catriona. Thank you, Yvonne, for setting it all up, for measuring, calculating, organizing - without you nothing would happen. Thank you Juicy and Magnus - and thank you, Julie!
(Sorry for the windnoise, dampened as much as I could - it's authentic Orcadian weather + amateur behind the camera - Julie).