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Monday, 22 January 2018

From the doorstep

The main road on the island
Here are a few photos from Saturday....  The local council have been too busy with main roads on the Orkney Mainland to send over salt for the road so local folk just have to do the best we can going slowly on the roads.

Looking over a white out to Hoy

Blue skies

And big clouds

Sun shining on the Orphir hills as the snow comes in

The stray sheep are back, glad of shelter around the house.

And down at the shore work is being done on the island pier to prevent it rusting and disintegrating.  In freezing temperatures there is actually a diver underwater doing the work!!

And then there is sunset......

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The First Swell

I may have shared this film some years ago but it bears sharing again.  In the UK you have to be really serious about your surfing to come up to Orkney and surf in some of the challenging waters.  This film is just about such a journey, filmed off the West Mainland - where you have to watch the waves don't pound you into the cliffs!

Enjoy (approx 6 mins) First Swell

Saturday, 20 January 2018

We have snow!

Photo by Richard Thomas: Standing Stones
Well not a lot of snow compared to other countries and other climates.  But Orkney is in the Gulf Stream which means we have a very temperate climate and temperatures are mild in Winter. Most of the time we get gales and rain.  But for the last couple of weeks we have had icy conditions and some snow.  Just a smattering.....   While I catch up on sorting out my own photos for the blog I thought I'd share some with you taken by a friend, Richard Thomas (no relation) who lives outside Kirkwall and takes his trusty Labrador dog, JK for his  daily walk.

Photo by Richard Thomas: Snow over the hills

Houses among the snowy hills

Photo by Richard Thomas
The road into Kirkwall. The spire of St Magnus Cathedral to the right and Kirkwall Bay beyond.

Photo by /Richard Thomas: Kirkwall

Snow across the dyke (stone wall)...

Photo by Richard Thomas: Snowy scene
Trees at Happy Valley in Stenness.

Photo by Richard Thomas : Happy Valley

And a happy JK!

Photo by Richard Thomas : JK!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Video of Orkney

Ewan Dunsmuir has created this lovely short video of Orkney during a very benign period of weather in December 2017.  It's about 5 mins long.  Enjoy!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Here we are at the start of a brand new year.  I wonder what it will bring us?  Here's to adventures.

It was a lovely morning with no wind.  A chilly 4 degrees C (40F) but pleasant enough if well wrapped up! I have family in New York City where it has been -14 C so I'm not complaining!

Anyway - the usual shots around the house today......

A rainbow! And Hoy High lighthouse of course.

Look carefully - it's a full rainbow

And the other end - looking towards Stromness

The girls having their first breakfast of 2018.

Charlie, the barn cat.  He is a very shy boy but posed for a nano second to have his photo taken today!

Looking towards the Hoy Hills - they have lost most of their snow....

What is that light in the sky. Oh wait! It's the sun!  We've had lots of very grey skies lately so it is a joy to see the sun even for a wee moment!

And the clouds are beautiful too of course

May 2018 bring you good times,