I've had a brilliant break over Christmas (and I really hope you did too). I'd say it took me the best part of the first week to calm down and manage to switch off from work after some pretty pressurised stuff happening immediately before the holidays, as well as everything else that happened in 2020. … Continue reading Walking For The Win
It's finally happened. The sun came out, the sky turned blue and the roads and paths have stayed dry for almost the entire day. I can practically feel my body synthesising it's own vitamin D. At last. Too good an opportunity to miss (and I'm lucky enough to not work Mondays) we loaded up and … Continue reading Sunshine on Deerness!
Today we headed west, well, not that far west but to the west of the Orkney Mainland. The forecast showed a break in the wind and rain so we decided to take the dogs and head somewhere different. An initial venture to go up Hammars Hill was thwarted by 3 loose sheep on the track … Continue reading Heading West
It seems to be day 325 of high winds and excessive rain in Orkney. The field beside our house has never been more saturated. I saw the farmer, in an effort to increase drainage from the swamp, digging out the ditches around the periphery in a digger with tracks.... TRACKS! Because a digger with normal … Continue reading How to Find Hygge When It’s Dreich
It's December and therefore it's cold in Orkney. At the moment, it's not even just the cold it's the howling gale outside that at one point scared the dogs and caused the terrier to take refuge next to me on the couch. This weather is some of my very favourite. I have other favourites too … Continue reading Baby It’s Cold (Windy) Outside
Question: How can you make the most of howling gales and pitch black nights which start at 4pm?