Happy 2023!
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
1M ago
  Apologies for gross dereliction of blogging in recent weeks.  I struggle with low energy in Winter and with the impending move to my new home later this month I have been concentrating on packing - again!  I also managed to pick up a virus despite still not mixing very much.  Fortunately a course of steroids and antibiotics kicked it into touch, though I am still weary and am croaking away! Anyway as it is a very blustery day today (50mph winds this morning) I decided to stay in my cosy rental place in Kirkwall for the day and do some catching up.  So here are a fe ..read more
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My new home.....
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
2M ago
  Life is still hectic and it's Autumn/Winter so my energy levels are not great, but am loving my new home.  Stunning sea views within a short distance.   View from house over a quieter pool of water, that has very low tides exposing mud flats.  This will be wonderful in Spring/Summer - and it faces West so great sunsets too!  Anyway a few scenic shots to keep you going! Wild Atlantic ocean! The front of the house has a calmer view across the pool and mudflats.... The house comes with two "sitting tenants" - 2 outside cats.  No I am not sure h ..read more
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Next adventure...
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
3M ago
  Photo by Graham Campbell Sandside sale completed last week.  A bittersweet moment but I know the new folk will make excellent custodians to take the house through to the future. So now I feel ok to talk about my next home - soon to complete on a wee house on the Orkney Mainland parish of Deerness.    Deerness itself is a peninsular joined by an isthmus so I'm *nearly* on a small island.  The house has history too, being a former Coastguard shed converted and extended about 15 years ago.  And yes it has a sea view and is near some of the best beaches in ..read more
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A walk to the beach....
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
3M ago
  The weather this month has been mild but very wet. So I was really fortunate to visit Graemsay last week on a gloriously sunny day.  It was my last visit before the sale of Sandside is concluded (fingers crossed - it's not a done deal till the papers are signed!!  I may be able to breathe after this week.  What with all the shenanigans in the UK financial markets (not to mention Westminster - not let's not mention Westminster...)  Anyway.... Here are some photos from my visit.  The "main road" on Graemsay and Sandside bay with the Hoy Hills in the backgr ..read more
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Around about....
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
4M ago
  Inganess Bay Some random photos from recent weeks out and about around Orkney.  The first four are of Inganess Bay, just outside Kirkwall.  The wreck is of a ship called the Juniata, which was used as a blockship in Scapa Flow during WWII. And these photos are around and about South Ronaldsay, isles linked by the Churchill Barriers. Windwick Bay And these are around South Ronaldsay in general.... And watch this space as I hope to have news soon of a soon-to-be new home in rural Orkney Mainland....  fingers crossed ..read more
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Ferrying around Graemsay
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
4M ago
  Until the house sale is complete I am returning to Graemsay a couple of times a week to finish off clearing out etc.  Due to the times I am travelling I get the joy of going right round Graemsay via Hoy.  Here is a selection of photos taken in the last month since I moved to Kirkwall, on my weekly commute ..read more
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Ring of Brodgar - a distant view....
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
4M ago
I took a run out in the van yesterday to the Ring of Brodgar.  I didn't venture up close or all round it this time.  Due to excessive footfall from lots of visitors the path is becoming worn so the inner path is closed.  There were also a couple of coach trip visitors around and I'm still avoiding crowds!  So I enjoyed a more distant view.  It was lovely being in open countryside.  I could hear some of the remaining curlews and other resident birds among the babble of visitors. Some better photos and information are available here   Meanwhile, here ..read more
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Bringing in the harvest....
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
4M ago
  My field behind the house has been used for summer grazing by a neighbouing farmer and at the end of the season is used for silage.  These photos were taken at the end of August - I'm still playing catch up!  The farmer had done the main silage harvest weeks before and much was already in a silage pit or baled.  These were a few bonus extra bales and some of the older vehicles were used at a more leisurely pace! One of Button's favourite spots - watching activity ..read more
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Back on Graemsay....
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
4M ago
  These photos were taken the day before Button and I finally moved to Kirkwall.  Button is settling in reasonably well to town life.  It's very noisy with road traffic and other noise, which has made her very nervous outside unfortunately.  I feel guilty of depriving her of a quiet life on Graemsay!  Though as she is now 16.5 years old she wasn't going to the beach much either with or without me.  Happy memories in these photos! If you look closely you can see a wee black and white cat hiding in the grass! A slow walk home.... We took the route via the old ..read more
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Moving on.....
Life on a Small Island
by Sian
4M ago
  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 fla ..read more
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