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Sunday, 10 October 2021



On Friday I had a friend visiting for the day. It was lovely to catch up on news and spend time together.  The weather in the morning was unpromising with thick fog, but it cleared in the afternoon and in any case didn't stop us rootling about on the shore!  So just a few photos of a visit to the coral beach.

Sun shining on the land just outside Stromness

The sea was so calm, the seaweed just gently swaying back and forth in the ripples of the tide.

One of the mooring rings on the old lighthouse pier.

Treasures from the shore....

Groatie buckies (UK 1p for size) - tiny cowrie shells, much prized (though not uncommon) in Orkney.

We had a replacement ferry on a couple of runs.  This is a new to Orkney ferry and will be on service between Westray and Papay Westray, two of the more Northerly Orkney islands.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

October already!


Photo by Peter Shearer, from a light aircraft over Graemsay.  Love this picture.  The hills of Hoy in the background.

Hoping to catch up with some blogging soonest... no idea where the time goes....

Friday, 17 September 2021

Random Graemsay photos...


A few photos taken while out and about around Graemsay over the last couple of weeks.  Above Hoy Low lighthouse, Hoy Sound and the Orkney Mainland.

Coos under a glowering sky....

Looking over to the Hoy hills

Cattle above the old croft of Corrigal

The heather clad hills of Hoy

The old school....

Nature reclaiming the Cott of School.

Yet another old croft on Graemsay!  Most were small crofts with a few acres which have now been merged with larger crofts or farms.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Stromness by sea.... (and a bit of Graemsay)


A few days ago the weather was glorious, really warm, sunny, no wind.  We have been fortunate to have probably more than our fair share of those this summer in comparison with much of the rest of the UK.  Anyway it meant a lovely sail over to Stromness for coffee with friends and a bit of shopping in the town.  Plus the chance for a picnic along the shore.  

Hoy Low lighthouse on Graemsay with the Hoy hills as a backdrop

Hoy High lighthouse

A view of Hoy Low from the Graemsay Ferry

Hoy High and Sandside...

Heading to Stromness

Point of Ness campsite just on the approach to Stromness harbour. It used to be full of tents, nowadays, like everywhere else, it is mostly camper vans on the site.

The "double houses" - white and grey gable ends jut out onto a pier.  The white building next to them used to be the shore station for Northern Lighthouse Board lighthouse keepers and their families until they were reassigned to another lighthouse off shore, now private flats.

Panorama of part of the wee town and the hills that shelter it.

The iconic Red Shed was formerly the lifeboat station.  Now it's used by a local company that run diving holidays around the coast of Orkney

The church spire you can see is now on what is known as the Town Hall. A council owned building where the folk festival has gigs, and other concerts, plays and community events are held in this wonderful space.

Along the waterfront - many of these houses have access to piers and slipways

The Stromness beacon, just outsidethe harbour

Looking across to Graemsay - the farm of Fillets

Hoy High and Sandside from the shore of Stromness

These hills are known as the Kame of Hoy

And back to my picnic spot.....

Monday, 13 September 2021

Around the island.....


Photo above looking over one of the fields of Quoynanap, silage being cut at Western Horn, Sandside Bay and Hoy High Lighthouse.

Belted Galloway cattle, with calves!

Mist rolling along the sea, while it was lovely and sunny and warm across the island.

The mist rolling along Burra Sound, hiding the hills of Hoy.

The Hamnavoe sailing into the mist.... spooky!

A tortoiseshell butterfly flitting about the garden.

Meanwhile Button absorbs the heat of the day from above and below. This slab of slate came out of the old dairy when the house was renovated.  It retains the heat and Button basks like a lizard. Not that there is anything remotely reptilian about Madam Button!

And a lovely find at the quarry pool, a male common blue damselfly.