|Photo Credit: Scott Sinclair
The above photo is by Scott Sinclair of a pod of Orca (killer whales) swimming around by Hoy High lighthouse. They later swam past Sandside too. Amazing to see them through binoculars, and hear them blowing too.
Here are a few photos I took at the weekend after the silage had been removed from the field edge behind the house.
A former home teetering on the edge of the shore now. That gable end would have shouldered the Westerly gales for a few hundred years....
Hope you enjoyed the wander....
Although we had a day of rain, largely the weather is dry, no wind (oh joy unconfined!), and many sunny spells. Indeed today was very warm. But these photos are from the end of last week so the sky looks a little grey. Still warm though.
Mid August is when the parish and island agricultural shows are normally held (sadly again most cancelled this year) culminating in the "County Show" in Kirkwall (again cancelled). It's tradition that folk then say "ah well that's summer over then..." and it is also tradition that I roll my eyes because it often isn't. Though it is true that summer is drawing to a close. Grasses and other plants are seeding now, and most young have fledged the nest. Though I see some swallow chicks still resolutely in their wee nest in the barn. Plenty of swallows skimming over the field for insects including their fledglings. But while it is warm and not windy I count that as "still Summer!
In the garden - woundwort and the crocosmia is coming into bloom....
Ding, dong, bell,Pussy's in the wellWho put her in?Little Johnny Green.Who pulled her out?Little Tommy Stout.What a naughty boy was that,To try to drown poor pussy cat.Who ne'er did him any harm,But killed all the mice in the farmer's barn.
For various reasons I'm not venturing far from Graemsay at the moment so here are yet more photos "around Graemsay".... Yip more sunsets.... The evenings are drawing in now as summer moves on. Sunset is about 20.44. Gone are the almost endless light nights. Instead I sit in the conservatory watching the lights come on in Stromness.
And on another day..... as mentioned before we don't have a ro-ro ferry so this is how vehicles come to the island (but not on a regular basis.)