Summer has come to Flotta – well 3 days so far, and we can’t complain. Scottie and I have just been out for our morning walk.
We were both in town on Friday getting our hair cut, so let’s start with the before pic of Scottie lying in the sun in the garden:
and now this morning on our walk:
There were new animals to see this morning. The field to the left of the track to the beach has been empty all winter, but today it has cows. Or rather, bullocks. As ever they were very inquisitive and it is a matter of faith and experience that the ‘Orkney gate’ will hold them back!!
I have been waiting for a while to get pix of seals near the pier. They winter in other areas of the Flow, and on the Golta Peninsular across the bay, but in summer they come round the pier and into Pan Hope, the beach we go to each day. They had been singing across the bay of a few days, so this morning we decided to nip down to the pier just to see what was there. Seals were hauled out on the old pier, making the most of the hot concrete and the sea breeze. Later there will be more, and closer to the new pier, but it is a start.
As well as seals, there were a group of Eider, mainly ducks with one drake. These are the birds whose down named the bedcovering in the UK – the eiderdown….
Just by the pier is the entrance to the oil terminal, where oil is stored before being taken off by tankers. Talisman, the company who runs it, is good to the community, and I couldn’t help but take this shot: