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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A very low tide!



Around the Spring Equinox (or Equilux as apparently it is sometimes now called! Sounds like a detergent) we get very high tides and very low tides.  I could almost walk to Stromness a few days ago!  Um... I didn't try though.  Anyway here are a few photos of my walk *without* Button who was too busy snoozing to come with me.  Above - Stromness in the distance.

See, a hop, skip and a jump and I could be over in Stromness Harbour.



But fortunately the MV Graemsay is on it's way to transport passengers to ensure our feet stay dry.



Lots of sand at Sandside Bay....


And on the way home a chance to chat to the seep in the field opposite the house.


And I did really try and encourage Button to come too but she gave a rather sleepy response of "No! Go away! I have more important things to do!"



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Evening light.....



The days are lengthening now, and there is still daylight till almost 7.  It was a beautiful evening the other night.  A blackbird sang as I went to put the hens to bed. It was accompanied by a wren.  I love Spring.  It's my favourite time of year.

Lovely deep blue skies.  Looking towards West Mainland and Stromness.


And the sun tinged sky and beautiful calm sea.


That way lies Canada!


The other side of Sandside Bay.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Foggy day....



Yesterday was very misty, with the sun breaking through eventually for a couple of hours and then the rain descending with greyness all around.   I loved the mist, casting fantasy over the landscape.

These photos were taken down by the old buildings at Sandside.  Above, the Hoy Hills have disappeared!

Looking towards Stromness, or a castle with turrets, or the land of Unicorns?


The Manse and Community hall have disappeared into the mist, just the turquoise sea in the bay....



And a hazy Hoy High Lighthouse!


What is hidden in the mist beyond?  Be there dragons?


And in case there be dragons, Button is in hiding....


Monday, 6 March 2017

Changeable weather



March weather was most definitely "changeable" with snow, hail, rain, gales and sunshine.  We had a couple of lovely days this last week, then a gale and some hail/sleet/rain.  But everyday we are nearer to Spring so I don't mind!  Here are some photos from the week....

The above photo was taken up by the Community Hall where we were having a meeting with one of our local Councillors and some council officials to discuss recycling on Graemsay.  Most of Orkney already has recycling facilities run by the local council.  But as we don't have a roll-on-roll-off ferry we have, so far, been without them.  But now a plan is afoot to create a stainless steel bin at the pier so that we can recycle cans, bottles, paper etc.

Anyway back to the view..... a bit closer and without the hydro (electricity) pole!


A dusting of snow on the Hoy Hills....


And on the ground around the house....


Meanwhile Button made the most of the sunshine indoors in the warm...


"I'm ready for my close-up Mr De Mille - just don't wake me up!"


Erm....is this comfortable, dear?


And the hens have some respite from their recent incarceration due to DEFRA rules.....



Sunday, 5 March 2017

A concert on Graemsay




It's been a while since we had a party on Graemsay, oooh must be at least 5 weeks.  So it was good to have Jo Philby and Elaine Grieve come out to join us on Friday night and give us a wee concert. Jo sang some beautiful ballads, accompanied by Elaine in harmony or playing the guitar or mandola.  We all joined in with one or two choruses!

Thankfully the weather was lovely and calm for their first visit, so nobody got drenched to the skin at the pier while unloading the gear.  Most of the island were able to attend, and after the great entertainment we had time for a bit of supper before they had to head back to the boat to Stromness.

Above Irene is introducing Jo & Elaine....

And here is a bit o' banter between Irene & Elaine who are old friends.


Jo introduces the evening among her "twinklies" - loved those lights.  I want some!


Elaine having a few words as she's about to play the mandola, an instrument she had made especially for her.  Oh and boy can she play it!


Jo singing one of her haunting ballads


And a final song...


It was a lovely way to spend an evening, and I'm glad it was a beautiful night to sail back to Stromness after their first visit to Graemsay!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Film of Stromness


This year the wee town of Stromness celebrates 200 years of being a "Burgh of the Barony".  Here's a film on the Visit Scotland website you might like.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Bits of randomness.....



I've been busy working this week and not much energy for anything else.  So just a few random photos from the week.  The weather has been changeable but mild and not too windy.

Some lovely blue skies....


Button came for a wander too of course....


Button, posing as ever.  I then had a panic as I realised these are mini-Iris and therefore poisonous to cats.  Eeek.  I don't THINK she has ever eaten any part of them.  But after this photo I dug them up!


Neighbour Sue has constructed some compost bins for me using old pallets and cable ties!


As I say - lovely calm days.....


And changing skies.....


and my favourite....


Once indoors Madam Button is keen to have a good wash.  She likes to keep her feet clean!


And those iris are now in a mug on a windowsill, safely away from Button!