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Monday, 15 April 2019

Around about.....



The last few days have been grey and chilly, but earlier in the week we had some lovely warm weather and it felt particularly Spring like.

Looking across Sandside Bay


There are lambs appearing in the fields now...



Catkins on the willows.....


Spring flowers in the garden.....


Tulips.....


I forget what these are called but they are remarkably robust.... and close up when the sun is not on them....

Anemones



And trusty old ride on mower is off for a Spring service and clean up at the farm.  Big John Deere and baby John Deere tractors!


Hens love the warmer days..... as does Button




After a wander about I left Button contemplating life....







Sunday, 14 April 2019

Kirkwall archaeology




Some roadworks in the centre of Kirkwall have exposed some of the remains of the old Kirkwall Castle.

To the uninitiated (like me!) it appears to be a pile of rubble, but to those in the know it was an exciting find.  The picture above is how Kirkwall was thought to have looked at the time. St Magnus Cathedral standing proud and the castle behind it. Picture reproduced from the book "Black Pate" about Earl Patrick Steward by Dr Peter Anderson.

From an information board at the site:

"The castle was built in the late 14th Century by Earl Henry Sinclair when Orkney was still ruled by Scandinavian Kings. It was said to be one of the strongest castles in the realm. It was besieged in 1614 by forces of the Scottish King and defended by the rebellious Stewart Earls. The Castle was dismantled in 1615.  Final demolition was complete in 1865 when Castle Street was built."






As you can see in the picture at the top of this post, the sea came right up to the castle.  A lot of land has been reclaimed now and the sea pushed well back.  Love the "looking back in time".  They say in Orkney, scratch the surface and it bleeds archaeology.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Spring sunset



Friday was a gorgeous warm day (well for Spring!) and I was in the garden doing the first round of clearing away from the Winter, and a bit of weeding.  And then there was the sunset....  I know Spring has arrived when I can take a photo of the sunset from the back door!


Sun on the lighthouse....


And the explosion of light....


Saturday, 6 April 2019

Proper Spring Day Part II



Some more photos from last Sunday....  Above, the coral beach with the tide out!

Love the sky in this one!


Button on alert!


An old stone house on the shore.  The stories these stones could tell!


Looking over Sandside bay towards Hoy.


Daffs!


Catkins on the willow trees!







And the ewes have started lambing.  Quite a few in the field in front of my house now.  These are in the old stack yard - the lambs and ewes are put here for their first day or two after birth to get accustomed to each other and being outdoors (they birth in the barn) and then they go out in the big field.


Friday, 5 April 2019

Proper Spring day....



Well today IS a proper Spring day, warm sunshine, no wind or rain.  Though this week has had plenty of wind AND rain.  These photos were taken last Sunday when I went for a wander around the island.  It was lovely and sunny but a bit cool.  Above looking across Sandside Bay and beyond to the Orphir hills.

Looking over towards Hoy....


This hen from Windbreck was clearly on a mission!  Heading down to steal the sheep feed!


Ba Ba Black (and White) sheep! 


Lovely clear shallow water down at the Graemsay pier....



Lighthouse reflections....




Hoy High lighthouse from the shore side....


Home!  With Stromness in the background....


More sheep over the other side of the island...



A bit closer to home :-)


Oystercatcher down on the shore at Sandside.


Sunday, 31 March 2019

Spring - ish...

Looking across Sandside Bay from Garson

Tonight the clocks go forward one hour and it has officially been Spring for a few days.  Though it has to be said the last week has been more like Winter, with blustery winds, heavy rain showers, hail etc.  I'm grumpy.  It feels a loong Winter this year.  Sigh.  But the days ARE lengthening and that brings me joy.  As do the daffodils!  Anyway, just a few pix from this last week as really it's not been much fun being outdoors....

Yay! The primroses are out!!  These cover the bank down by the pier.


They fair make my heart sing...


All is calm at Sandside.....