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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Dreich weather....

 

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, and we then had some good weather.  Sadly this week it has returned to dreich.  Ah well it is the end of October...  Above Ward Hill on Hoy with its head in the clouds!

The road to the old Kirk, with Hoy looking moody....





And there is a small herd of Belted Galloway cattle in one of the fields.  Love the stripey coos!





Monday, 19 October 2020

Rainbows

 


Autumnal weather means cooler days and frequent rain showers but sunshine too.  Surprisingly no wind yet though (shhh don't wake the wind gods....).  One day a week or so ago there was a beautiful rainbow over Sandside....

It was a double rainbow which was extra special....  Time to look for the crock of gold, or as someone said, in my case a crock of cake!


Possibly under my bed??!


But I did take time to enjoy it - Stromness in the rain in the background....





Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Random....


 There have been some lovely days weather wise in recent weeks.  Here are a few random photos of scenery, and - er hens....   Above - Autumnal colour with blue sky and white cotton wool clouds...

Hoy High lighthouse


A magnificent sunset behind the Hoy hills at this time of year...


Misty day over Hoy...



Mist clearing....


Across the bay....


A gardener is never alone when there are hens about!  Saves me raking over anyway!


Lola!


Time passes.....



Monday, 12 October 2020

Boats.....

 


I get a good view from the back of the house of the various boats that sail into and out of Stromness harbour.  It was a particularly grey day when I took these photos, but there was some unusual activity as two new tugs had been delivered for Orkney Harbours.  They had arrived that day from Turkey where they had been built.  After sea trials and "snagging" they are now actively working in Scapa Flow. Unfortunately I missed them arriving but they are lurking in the photo above.  Two tugs, with their white decks above the green island......

The Hamnavoe ferry which sails to Scrabster on the Scottish Mainland was kicked out the harbour for their arrival!  Here she is in this photo.  Northlink - er.... pointing East....


And our wee island ferry was also kicked out of the harbour and lurked just outside for a while... Not sure why, but one of my neighbours is a skipper on the tugs and we joked that he needed all the room he could get to practice reversing the tug! Haha!


And one of the new pilot boats had escorted the tugs in too.  Orkney Harbours have certainly spent some money this year!  Though they make a lot of money from the oil terminal on Flotta, and in a normal year from cruise ships.  This is not a normal year....



Fishing vessels and dive boats in the harbour....



And a vessel that supplies the oil rigs and related industry sailing past....



Sunday, 11 October 2020

Seals at Sandside


While Button and I were out feeding the hens we spotted some seals hauled out below the old lighthouse pier.  They were enjoying some Autumn sunshine and calm seas. I'd give a lot to know what Button was thinking!

Here's looking at you, kid!


A smiling seal....


Having a chat?


Blue skies, calm seas...



Saturday, 10 October 2020

Sailing to Stromness

 

Enjoyed my first week of retirement!  And great excitement - I had a brief visit to Stromness for a flu jab. I haven't left Graemsay since the beginning of March fso it was an adventure.  There have been no cases of Covid-19 in Orkney for some months but I still prefer to be cautious, hence not leaving Graemsay.  But medical appointments are an exception so off I headed.  I'd chosen the quickest route on the ferry (15 minute journey each way) and was only in Stromness for an hour.  But as well as getting my flu jab I also managed a socially distanced coffee and cake outside my favourite cafe (Julia's) with a couple of friends I hadn't seen since March.  Ooh it was exciting!  

I was impressed with all the precautions on the ferry and about town, lots of mask wearing, social distancing, hand sanitiser etc and not very many people about in the area I was. I may have a couple more appointments in the coming months so will be less concerned about venturing forth than I was this time.  Though obviously the level of cases in the county also changes the level of risk, so we shall see.

Currently all the schools are back, shops open etc.  Though people are advised still to work from home and only travel if necessary but there are no restrictions on coming into or out of Orkney.  In Scotland we are currently in a "circuit-breaker" lockdown with restrictions on pubs and restaurants etc, All controversial of course but I don't envy any of the politicians or policy-makers having to make the decisions - even with all the science......

Anyway here are some photos from my sail to and from Stromness! Enjoy the voyage.....

Hoy High lighthouse, and the brooding Hoy hills.


Hoy High lighthouse 


A sunbeam shines down on Sandside - maybe Button is beaming down some friends?!  Hoy High lighthouse next door




Atmospheric shots!





Hoy Low lighthouse on the West end of Graemsay...





Hoy Low light at the end of Graemsay and the Stromness Beacon



Heading to town....


Stromness beacon and Golf course.....


Stromness - Hamnavoe ferry in the harbour


My favourite house - the grey and red building...


The harbour


The Red Shed - the former Lifeboat Station



Boats in the harbour...


And on the way home lots of boxes of groceries for Graemsay and Hoy (including my shopping from the Coop!).


Hope you enjoyed your sail to Stromness!