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Monday, 17 April 2017

Big skies, chilly days...



Spring is definitely here with lots of new growth, and the fields greening up again.  The days are definitely getting longer too, with lovely light evenings.  But the temperatures are still quite low, about 7 to 9 degrees C, and a ground frost some mornings too!  But the skies are always big.... so here are a few photos of some of the dramatic skies we have had recently.  Above, clouds over  a sea of "white horses" at Sandside beach.

A bank of cloud behind the Hoy hills and above this old croft house.


The sun is hiding behind the clouds ....somewhere....



The sky is gloomy behind this old croft on the hill......


The sun peeping out again....


Some blue sky appearing.....


I love the lines in this photo




Hoy is under a duvet!


Looking out West....


Snow showers over Hoy at Easter!


And hazy sunny breezy days.....


High tide at the lighthouse!


And a couple of completely gratuitous photos of Button enjoying the sunshine!



Monday, 10 April 2017

Still in Stromness!




Due to a new laptop refusing to speak to my phone it has taken me a while to get the photos onto my blog!  So some photos from a couple of weeks ago!  Still around Stromness.  A wander towards the South end....

Above, one of my favourite houses undergoing renovation.

And just a bit further along the street, I love this old door.  What stories it could tell of the hands that had lifted the door knocker, or put a key in the lock.....


I'm not sure of the story of the Antlers Upon The Shed!


Down one of the piers, looking towards the small tidal islands of the Holms.


Another pier...


The winch at the end to haul boats up....


I love the way the outlines of these buildings are staggered along the shore....


And in the window of one of the shoreside houses - a model "Alps" railway!


And at the same house - a Teddy Bear looking out to sea!


Yes another private pier along the shore....


Looking over towards the house on the Holms - it's for sale!


And for one heartstopping moment I thought Button had followed me down the street!  But no, here is one of the many "Stromness cats" that are happy to come and say hallo.....



Friday, 31 March 2017

A trip to Stromness.....



I usually go over to Stromness or Kirkwall about once a week. Sometimes more often in the summer and sometimes less in the winter when the weather is bad and I don't fancy the sail on the boat! Anyway Monday this week was a bonny day so I took some photos at the pier and as we approached Stromness and thought you might enjoy them.....

Above, Hoy High lighthouse, with Stromness in the background.  Highish tide as I wait for the boat....

Meanwhile on the "cliff" - er a very low cliff, a Fulmar is having a bit of a snooze.


The Fulmar equivalent of high rise flats!


This pair were having a bit of a domestic I think!


A closer look at Hoy High. The Yellow Diamond marks the spot where our electricity cable comes over from the Orkney Mainland. The little hut that looks like a dog kennel was actually where the dynamite was stored when the pier was built, with the detonators being stored in the little "kennel" bit apparently!


Spring is definitely here as the primroses are out on the bank at the pier.


And a view of Hoy High from the boat as we sail past. The roof of Sandside just to the left.


And now sailing into Stromness.  The Red Shed which used to be the old Lifeboat station and is now home to a company that provides trips for divers among the wrecks of Scapa Flow.


Houses and shops with their backs to the shore, and their front doors onto the main street in Stromness. Most have piers or access to one as in the past each house would have had a boat. The shops and houses on the other side of the street would have been granted access to the piers too.


One of the vessels that is doing a survey in Scapa Flow.


And finally, coming into the harbour with the blue glass fronted building being the old primary school and above it the very top of Brinkies Brae - where I took the photos of yesterday's post!  I did NOT go up the steep route in the photo!  I traversed along from the road!



Thursday, 30 March 2017

On top of the world.....!



Well actually on top of Brinkies Brae in Stromness!  It's somewhere I've wanted to go for years but not having good lungs didn't think I'd get there.  Then I discovered I could drive most of the way, and take my time walking up a track and over some heather to the trig point (highest point).  Oh what a view!  Hope you enjoy these photos though they really do not do the view justice.

In the photo above - the town of Stromness; to the left two small linked islands called The Holms (for sale if you are interested!). Just below the horizon - the island of Graemsay and behind the hills of Hoy.

Looking down the hill to the harbour and the Hamnavoe Ferry, with the Holms behind.


Looking down on the wee town of Stromness, you can see how the old town nestles into the hillside for shelter.  To the right, mid photo the Point of Ness (there's a camp site there if you fancy it!) and behind, Graemsay.


Looking down to Scapa Flow


Behind me land stretching to the West Mainland via the old Waterworks.


Looking over the lochs to Stenness (Ring of Brodgar etc) and Orphir


Again looking over to Stenness and Orphir but a bit further East.


The trig point, and cairn in which someone had kindly made a wee sit. I was very grateful for that!


A wee ruin of a cottage set among the hills. In the "old" days they didn't bother about the view. The crucial point was to get your house as sheltered from the gales as possible!


And one of my favourite photos.... The island on the left is Graemsay, behind are the hills of Hoy, and to the right of them, on a clear day you can look South to Scotland! (It wasn't that clear).


Now I know the way up there I want to go some more this year.  As long as I take my time and my walking poles I can manage fine. And I just LOVE being high up!

And to finish off - Graemsay of course - the Hoy High Lighthouse, Sandside to the right of that, then Sandside bay.  And to the left a fishing boat coming home.





Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An evening wander on the beach....




A short wander along the shore after a day out in town again......

Old ruined building and farm machinery.....


Looking across Graemsay....


And.....drum roll...... here comes Button!  It actually wasn't as windy as it sounds.  However there was a breeze - right up Button's tail which is why I think she kept turning round to look!