|A very different view.....|
So I am now living in Kirkwall. On balance I'm really enjoying it. A few shops are within my walking distance, as is the harbour. The house I am staying in temporarily is lovely and will be cosy for the winter. Button is settling in, though struggles with the noise of a busy road next to the house. She has an enclosed garden, and as she can no longer climb seems to be safely enclosed. Well apart from a visiting moggy - but he (Ginge, a beautiful ginger and white cat) hasn't been round for a while. We have no cat flap so Button is very obligingly using a litter tray again after 14 years not! I am getting on with the litter try less well - after 14 years not! Ho hum....
Anyway here are a few photos of the move from Graemsay and a very small part of Kirkwall!
Without a roll-on-roll-off ferry everything is craned on and off our island ferry. Including when you move! Although if there are extremely heavy things (like tractors) other boats are hired in by the ferry company. Here are my worldly goods being shipped off. Crates arrived one day, men came to fill crates the next (an art to that to ensure it's well balanced for being winched on the ferry and not too heavy in one crate, too light in another). Crates then winched off the island, another day for re packing into a van, and delivery to my new abode..... quite a performance really but thankfully the weather was calm and all worked well!
Ah they heard Button was coming!!
On the side of one of the banks!
And some history nearby...
St Magnus Cathedral spire in view. I can hear the bells calling the faithful to the Sunday service.
The lane to be approached with caution! Very slippery when wet, icy, leaves falling, birds pooping etc!