One of the most intriguing finds along the beach, when tides are low, are the initials carved into the rocks that lie along the shore below the township. These little windows into times past were, we think, painstakingly created by islanders leaving on long journeys, sometimes with no prospect of return, or sweethearts thrown together by circumstances. Not many have carved dates but quite a few are from WW2 or the years immediately after the conflict. Years of great doubt and uncertainty.

They’re a poignant reminder that forming, keeping and preserving relationships is such an important part of our lives – whether we’re living in a small island community or in any village, town or large city.

On The Rocks