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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Lovely morning for a sail.....



I'd been over to the Orkney Mainland on Saturday and stayed with friends overnight after a lovely meal out at a local restaurant in Kirkwall (The Lynnfield).  Anyway that meant a sail on the ferry home at 9.30.  It was a glorious morning. No wind, and a highish tide providing wonderful reflections.  Above is the harbour in Stromness.

Below, one of the dive boats sailing out of the harbour....


Looking West where a bank of cloud is coming in - the West Mainland of Orkney.


Hoy Low lighthouse on Graemsay, with the remains of the WWII gun emplacement.


And a slightly more atmospheric photo of Hoy Low from further offshore.....


Having stopped off at Moaness on Hoy to let some of the walkers and locals disembark, we then headed for Graemsay....


Ward hill looking magnifence with the sun playing on the heathery summit


The valley that leads through to Rackwick.


Ward hill is really a snoozing dragon.....


Hoy - it means high island and has the highest hills and cliffs in Orkney. Actually over on the other side of Hoy, St John's Head has the highest cliffs in the UK I think....


And heading to the Graemsay pier and Hoy High light, with Stromness in the background.


One of the creel fishing boats....


Fishing boat with the wee house at Clett, on Graemsay, in the background.


Getting closer....


That was a lovely way to spend 45 minutes on a Sunday morning I think you will agree.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

October evening.




I've had problems getting photos from my phone onto my laptop, hence the lack of posts the last week or so.  I have narrowly avoided throwing said laptop out the window and seem to have persuaded it to accept a few photos today, so I'll take that!  So here are a few pictures from Friday night, which was a lovely mild, sunny, calm dry day.  Many farmers in Orkney were getting the last of the harvest in before the bad weather this weekend - gales.... well it is October.  Anyway - the calm before the storm...

Another view of the lighthouse....


The more conventional view again.... backlit by clouds.


The old buildings and Stromness in the background...


Button was out hunting for mice!


Hmmm her witches cat pose..... bit early for Halloween...


I love the sun on the sandstone, it gives it a lovely warm glow....


And I had chance to cut the grass too as it was such a lovely evening!


Hopefully back soon with some more photos..... if not you will hear me scream across the internet!

Rainbow!


I love rainbows, and we get quite a few at this time of year! I was so busy taking photos of this particular rainbow I forgot that the rain was headed in my direction!  I had to do a brisk walk to shelter in the hen house!








But there was sunshine too of course..... and blue skies....








Sunday, 29 September 2019

Autumn equinox



It was the Autumn equinox this week in the Northern hemisphere.  To be fair we had some fairly mild weather and not too windy, but we did get quite a bit of rain.  But around the equinox itself we had blue skies and sunshine.  So here are a few pictures as I drove around the island....  Above, looking over the fields at Ramray, towards the Hoy hills.

Below a dive boat over one of the WWII wrecks in Burra Sound. Hoy in the background.  Recreational diving is big in Orkney in the summer months with several dive boats sailing out of Stromness every day from about Easter through to October (and some a little earlier or later)




Hoy Hills, and the mouth of Burra Sound


A panorama looking East. Hoy hills on the right.... this is the old School road....


The old school building (disused as the children go over to Stromness to school now).


Looking towards the Old Manse, Hoy High lighthouse and Sandside. Orphir hills across the water on the Orkney Mainland.


Looking over to the lighthouse across Sandside Bay


A closer view...


The view over to Garson, and across the water to the outskirts of Stromness


And a day earlier.... NOT so sunny.... but a lovely calm day nonetheless.  Sandside bay...


A gorgeous glassy calm quiet sea....


A view across the old lighthouse pier to the old Manse and the Hoy Hills.


A carpet of seaweed and wonderful reflections....


Across the coral sand....


Stromness in the distance.....


And an around equinox sunset....


Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Randomness.....




Here are a few random photos from end of August....  Above cows "chewing the cud" up at Garson overlooking Sandside bay.

Button soaking up the sun....


This dandelion gives me hope - I try and not use chemicals for weed control, but have to use something along the paths otherwise they get unusable, so I use a mixture of white vinegar, salt and washing up liquid to kill off plants along the pathway.  This dandelion wasn't giving up though and I don't blame it.  It really cheered me up!


And these poppies were from a wildflower mix.  I just love them!



And off on my travels South - I loved the line of seagulls on the shed roof in Stromness!  Waiting for the creel boats to come in and any fish scraps to be had.


I stayed overnight at Tense Towers with G&G the night before I headed south.  They live over on the East Mainland.  I was looking West to the Hoy hills and the sky was ablaze.  I was hoping it wasn't my house! (It wasn't).


The next morning, at ridiculous o'clock I boarded a plane for Edinburgh.  It was a lovely morning and we flew over the linked South Isles, linked by the Churchill Barriers.


You can see an oil rig in the next photo - nope not drilling for oil.  These are accommodation rigs apparently that are brought to Scapa Flow safe harbour for maintenance. Some controversy over them as they are brightly lit and there can be quite a lot of noise from them.  But seemingly they bring in quite a bit of revenue for Orkney Harbours so for now they stay.


Linked south isles a bit more obvious.... maybe


And way back in mid-August I took this short video of a sunny Sandside beach.....