Summer, long sunny days welcome is the light by all men stripped to the waists cutting and a drying the peat repairing crofty cracks
scaling the unclimbable cliffs for eggs fresh vegetables to be eked out tatties stored bird meat for the stew bountiful cow milk for the pail
white tailed sea eagles feeding their young chicks unseen souls of Hirte watch the new visitors together with golden eagles on high predators eye abundant wildlife puffins diving for fish ignore the wrecks lambs abound in nonchalant play
bare footed are the women woven yarn carried to trade a simple boat awaits oars and sail set the lord is paid the rent return with news and winter oats
a new generation are ready to bond the village assemble within the church the cloth bands of marriage are worn vows exchanged a croft is made ready
a community wary they of visitors protecting a way of life symbolised by a faith strengthen mind and body prepare for the impending darkness
A follow up and contrast to St Kilda a winters tale. St Kilda an isolated island where a singular culture, language, a fight for survival and a place where ships were often wrecked depended on a strong faith. Also known as Hirta which here represents an ancestral plane.