They are coming in tonight. 100+ mph winds from Iceland. Arctic storm . . yeahhh baby . . bring it on!!!!!!
We expect to lose power and our telephone line tomorrow. Consider me out of touch for 2 days. Forget about coming here tomorrow.
The crazy winds and weather here in Orkney were part of the attraction for the Celtic monks who lived here through the centuries. Their spirituality demanded extremity of weather in order to prove the power of God. They would stand in the cold water, dance around in the storms and pray into the wind. Maybe i will do that tonight. Not naked, though. And not wearing horsehair.
Many of the Celtic prayers were prayersof protection, or “breastplates” against drowning or shelter from the storm. The Celts worshipped God outdoors in the elements, not indoors in a church building. The small monastic chapels that are still here were created to house the elements of communion, but the worship happened outdoors. In the rain. In the wild, wooly wind!!!!!
Last year a wind picked up our friend Fiona Cowan and blew her into the neighbors yard. Thats strong! So be thinking of us tonight.
The worst thing about losing the phone line and internet?
Not being able to track MacWorld conference in SanFrancisco.