|Looking towards Stromness|
I made the most of the lovely weather we had for part of this week to have a wander around the island and thought I'd share some photos with you.....
Above is a photo taken from the top of Graemsay (which isn't very high! At it's highest point I think it's only 65 feet high!)
At the top of the hill are the ruined croft houses of Dean. They have stunning views of the Hoy Hills which are silhouetted behind them.
And a signpost so folk can't get lost, left to the point of Oxan and straight on for the ferry!
The old school with the "Cott of School" behind. The island children went to this school until 1996 when the island got a daily ferry service and new boat. Now the children cross each day to the primary school in Stromness.
And back down the hill towards Sandside
The Hamnavoe ferry setting sail for Scrabster on the Scottish Mainland, as it sails past the Hoy Low lighthouse.
While earlier in the day local farmers had been shipping sheep off the island. These are this year's lambs and will be sent as "store lambs" to continue grazing to fatten them up for market.
And now back on our usual walk to the coral beach with Madam Button.... She's looking rather alert. This is because she can hear children! Very wary of children is Button. Wise cat! In the distance you can see some them playing on the beach. A paradise for for them!
The children seemed to be enjoying themselves so we left them to it.
Instead we set off down the old "lighthouse" pier....
Onto the coral beach, looking towards the wee town of Stromness.
The old farm buildings looking as though they will fall onto the shore with the next puff of wind! (They're a bit more secure than that...for now).
And a beautiful natural swimming pool here - even if the water is a wee bit chilly!
I love the shore, that liminal space between land and sea......
Come on Button I want to go home for tea!
Even the sun is beginning to set ........
Slipping behind the Hoy Hills....
Time to go home for warm scones......
Hope you enjoyed your wander around our wee island.