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....!).