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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Eve

Icy conditions are still with us. I was in Stromness on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was very slippery! There was 1.5 inches of snow on my car windscreen - frozen solid. So I did the remainder of my food shopping for Christmas in Stromness rather than going through to Kirkwall supermarkets. And apparently the Kirkwall supermarkets were heaving so I'm glad I chose to shop locally!

The snow has more or less disappeared on Graemsay. In comparison to the Orkney Mainland, Graemsay is almost totally green - as can be seen in this picture!

Today is Christmas eve and there was a carol service up at the Hall, and Santa was arriving with some early presents for the kids. I wasn't able to make it this year as I had some work I needed to clear, so I missed out on the mulled wine, mince pies and party games!

However I have an entire chocolate "yule log" all to myself - it was a tradition in our house when I was a kid to have this on Christmas eve as it was Mum's birthday and this was her choice of birthday cake. She would have been 93 today. So Happy Birthday Mum, wherever you are! I shall now go and curl up with Button, a mug of tea and a large slice of "birthday" cake! Happy Christmas (other seasonal greetings are available) and hope you are all able to stay safe and warm (or cool depending on which part of the world you are reading this in....!).


  1. Happy Christmas, Sian!

    We have freezing rain on the way over here - and I'm staying in with my shortbread and mince pies.
    Enjoy your yule log - what a delicious birthday choice!

  2. Happy Holiday to you, Sian! It's warm here - 54F.

  3. Well done for shopping locally! Most of the snow has gone in Westray - just a peedie bit up on Fitty Hill.
    Happy Christmas Sian.

  4. Merry Christmas, Sian. It's what we call cold here in So CA, but you'd probably call it balmy. That photo of the contrast between Graemsay and the mainland is downright weird.

  5. Happy Christmas Sian. Enjoy your Yule Log - a great choice for a birthday cake.

  6. VioletSky - Happy Christmas too. Hope you enjoyed your shortbread and mince pies!

    MaryZ 54 degress! That's SUMMER in Orkney LOL! Happy Holiday to you and yours.

    Malc - Happy Christmas to you, your family and all the little piglets too! Hope they are snug and warm and the big horsey has stopped throwing a strop!

    Pat - Yes it does look odd to see us all green and the Orkney Mainland still under a white blanket. We're hoping it thaws soon.

    Elcmae - Happy Christmas to you too! Yule log was delicious. Hmmm time for the remainder I think...

  7. Merry Christmas to you too, Sian. I love your pictures in this entry.

  8. Happy Christmas Sian - have just had a lovely read down your blogs and love the sunset photographs.

  9. A little late, Sian, but festive greeting to you and Buttons. Is there any Yule log left?

  10. Mary - hope they bring back memories?

    Snailbeachshepherdess - love the photo of your kitty! Thanks for dropping by!

    60 going on 16: Um.... not much!