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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sail to Stromness.....

It was a gorgeous morning the other week when I took a trip to Stromness.  Sunrise in the East above....

Casting a rosy glow and shadow on the Hoy hills.....

And Hoy High lighthouse standing bright, with Sandside in shadow.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Low tide and rainbows....

Lovely sunshine Saturday above left, and below right at the same time a rain shower and rainbow!

And a low tide down by the old lighthouse pier!

Of course after a day perambulating around the shore Madam Button has to catch up on her sleep!

The next few pictures were taken over the last week when we had sleet/snow/hail showers as well as windy days!  But also clear skies!

Lovely sunset!

Snow on hills

Light dusting of snow on the Hoy Hills

And Button and the girls out enjoying the sun!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

February sunshine

The last couple of days we have had some lovely sunshine. It really lifts my spirits and makes me feel like Spring really IS round the corner!

Button and I went for a walk to the shore today.  I was hoping to search for groatie buckies (shells) but having Button along is a bit like having a toddler with you.  She is bored quickly and wants to keep moving!  Anyway we enjoyed a potter along the shore.  I came home for a cup of tea and she headed off to the other beach.

Button on the alert!  Er.... don't jump!

The natural swimming pool looking wonderful if a little chilly!

Calm reflections.... and clear shallows.....

Don't get excited - it's an old wheel poking above the water....

Lots of tangles (seaweed).  Looking over to Hoy.

I love days like this!

Clouds, blue sky, stillness.

Crocus poking above the ground ready to flower!

And this morning a beautiful patterned sky!

Monday, 12 February 2018

RNLI Longhope lifeboat

This film was made by a German crew about the RNLI Longhope Lifeboat some time last year I think.  It's available to view for a month.  The commentary is in German but if you click on the arrow in the top right corner of the film you can select EN and get English subtitles.

The film is 44 minutes long but well worth watching to learn about the brave volunteers that help those in danger on the sea.  If you follow my blog regularly you'll remember that we have them over in November to help raise funds for the station.  In the UK the Royal National Lifeboat Institute is a charity, and all the crews are volunteers, putting their lives at risk to save others.

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat film

Sunday, 4 February 2018

February and the sun is shining!

Whoo hooo! It was a joy to be outdoors today. It was a cold and frosty morning but the sun was shining and NO wind!  I've been battling a virus for the last week and today was the first day I felt "human" again.  I didn't have enough energy for a walk but it was lovely standing in the sunshine drinking and cup of tea and seeing Button and the hens enjoying the sun - and there was even some warmth in those rays! I think I can believe Spring will come again now....

A bit of a panorama. There was a slight mist hanging over the land in the morning....

And the hens enjoyed being out in the sun rootling about too.

And Button just LOVED the sunshine!!

And all the girls were out today.....

The weather has been lovely for a couple of days now.  Here are some pix from Friday....

Looking over to Sandside from Garson.

There was a gale last week and I now need to clean the salt covered windows!!

And Button didn't want wet paws so she enjoyed the sun from the doorway....

And of course some lovely late afternoon skies as the sunset.....

Saturday, 27 January 2018


I took this short video of the waves on the shore at Sandside on Wednesday.  It was a beautiful still day.  Unlike today when the wind is raging outside.  It is due to get up to 70mph later.  I'm nice and snug indoors with Button and quite happy as long as the power stays on.... or only goes off for an hour or two!

So enjoy some relaxing sounds on Sandside beach in Winter....

Friday, 26 January 2018

Coastal erosion

All around the UK our island is getting smaller, and the wee island of Graemsay is no different. Not shrinking in the rain, though sometimes it feels like that, but being battered by the wind and the waves.

Just around Christmas we had a gale with winds from a Northerly direction and high tides.  The beach at Sandside took quite a battering.  Over the years the local authority have used various methods to try and protect the "main road" that runs round the island.  It is very vulnerable at the beach at Sandside and has been undercut once or twice.  With this storm there was quite a bit of damage to the coastal defences as can be seen in these pictures.  They were taken by Graeme of Imperfect & Tense.  He and Mrs G were out visiting for the day and we took a bit of a walk.  But it was too windy for me to stand up, never mind take photos.  So he valiantly set forth to do them for me as the local council office needed the evidence.  He's kindly allowed me to share them here too.

Above were giant sandbags in a kind of hessian/plastic sack.  These have burst completely.

And here you can see that the metal cages have started to disintegrate and stone has spilled out onto the shore.

You can see it better here maybe....

And here too....

And again the sand bags further along the shore have also taken a battering.

The road was flooded from choked drains too.....

Nature certainly is a powerful force!