Monday, 24 October 2016
.... when someone else does all the hard work?! I've been "upcycling" an old dresser that had seen better days. I've had it for nearly 40 years and it's moved around with me in that time. It had that distinctive 1980s varnish that eventually goes very orange. Bit like too much of a spray tan (apparently, not that I've ever had one of those!). Anyway Leslye from Longhope and her husband, John, both of whom are much loved on Graemsay, came out to help. Leslye is my style guru and so she set to work on the dresser once we'd paid a visit to Stromness and Kirkwall to choose paint.
Meanwhile John has been doing all those little jobs that never get done, helping put up pictures, sort out various bits of skirting facings that had been taken off over the years for various bits of work. Ditto some floorboards. Helping me reassemble some "self-assembly" furniture that also self-disassembles at will! That sort of thing. MUCH appreciated.
Button slept when she could, but she did have a hunted look about her as she kept being disturbed from each room she had snuck off to to have a snooze in.....
Anyway, despite John's hard work it's not photogenic so instead we focus on the dresser! I'm thrilled to bits with it! Transforms the kitchen and my china!
I've now earmarked some other furniture to have the same treatment. AND the same paint - it's a Vintage paint, colour "Gulls Egg"........ I may be gone awhile! Hee hee!
We are still having amazing weather. It was noticably cooler today but still a lovely day to be out and about. So here are just a few photos taken today. Some are panoramas and I'm not sure how they are going to work on the blog but I'll give it a go! Click on a picture to see in the photo stream and that might work better.
Above is a Hoy panorama looking from Graemsay across Burra Sound to the hills of Hoy.
Below, Ward hill looking very broody.....
Looking down the track to Hoy Low in the distance and across the mouth of Hoy Sound to Warbeth on the Orkney Mainland....
And here at Sandside bay (home) looking to the Orkney Mainland - where it's raining in parts!
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Yes I admit a Quiz and Concert combo is a bit unusual. But this is Graemsay! Irene at Breckan organises a quiz a couple of times a year as a fund raiser for our wee community hall. She's also teaching the young ones to play the guitar and thought it would be a good opportunity for them to give a wee concert to show folk what they have learned. Hence the quiz and concert night last week.
All on the island attended, of course. The quiz went well, but I am slightly biased because yes I was on the winning team. Hee hee! And the snacks on the tables were wonderful - I ate most of them on our table.... tea and biscuits for the interval while raffle tickets were sold, and the raffle drawn.
Then it was onto the Concert with Hannah, Katie and James playing guitars, led by Irene who also sang the songs. It was a lovely performance by all concerned. Irene wrote a song about the each of the children too to introduce them (like we don't know them - haha!).
Katie and Hanna playing a tune....
James played too....
Katie got to play on Irene's precious 12 string guitar!
And all take a bow!
It was a lovely evening. And amazingly we raised £153. Incredible considering there are just 23 of us on the island....
Sunday, 16 October 2016
I tried to go out and about with my camera over the recent weeks so here are a few photos. Above Hoy Sound High lighthouse, with Orphir on the Orkney Mainland in the background.
Looking East towards Sandside and the old farm buildings.....
Though it has been sunny ALL the time - Hoy High lighthouse and Sandside on a greyer day
And a boat dropping creels (for crabs) in Sandside bay.
Further up on the island some of the ruined crofts on the hill tops (we have low hills on Graemsay!). This is the croft of Dean. The Hoy hills in the background.
Another croft on the hill.
The old and the new - to the left of the ruin are the blades of a domestic wind turbine.....
And cattle still running on the hill. They get brought into byres once the weather gets really bad as they poach up the grazing.
Looking across Burra Sound to Hoy.....
This wee ruin is called Cott of School (as it was next to the School but wasn't connected to it and the teacher lived across the road. Mmm I know...confusing). In Spring daffodils still line the old path down to the road.
Looking across to Stromness from Fillets farm yard.
The hill above Stromness
Hoy Sound Low lighthouse looking West towards Canada!
And back down at Sandside looking West.....
And on a not-so-sunny day there was a lovely line of clouds behind the house. They look like toy teddy bears and rabbits on a train.... Ok just me then.....
And here is Madam Button with her "Where have YOU been and why didn't you take me with you" look.....
Saturday, 15 October 2016
We have been so lucky in Orkney, for the first time in many years we had a proper Autumn with the sun sinking lower and the says shortening, but glorious sunshine and NO wind....... however this week I think the Orkney Autumn has returned as it's very windy today and low cloud with rain showers. But I have the memory of the sunshine :-)
Last weekend button and I took a walk along the sandy beach.
We could hear the voices of children on the coral beach so Button was on the alert (she's not keen on children....or dogs....she just doesn't see the point of either!).
The sea and sky were a beautiful blue and it was so warm. No coat required and we're talking 8th October!
The old stone pier.
Button coming down to the shoreline to join me
And then she runs off.... looking very intently....
Ah yes, she spotted the children! Time for a paddle!
Button settles down to watch at a safe distance......
I headed for home but she was for staying and watching.....
Though I then had to "rescue" her as she hid in a hole when the rest of the children arrived with a rather bouncy dog. Button was taking no chances. Eventually I coaxed her off the beach, her swearing most of the way - at the dog probably...or maybe me too!
Sunday, 2 October 2016
Saturday, 1 October 2016
I was looking out of the window last weekend and thought I saw two Selkie folk emerging from the water.... Turns out they were some folk snorkelling from a wee boat in Sandside Bay. Ah well a girl can dream :-)
And these seem to be regular seals..... they are there - honest
Look a little closer....
And closer still.... a grey seal. As you can see above - Stromness in the background. Photos taken at the Graemsay pier.
And if you want to hear stories about selkies you can do no better than listen to Orkney's very own Tom Muir..... Click here for video and story