Since Cathy and Steve left, Scottie and I are on our own. They had given him plenty of good long walks, so he was ready for a rest!!
Which was just as well, for the next morning we awoke to snow. Not a huge amount, but enough to make driving an unknown car out of the question. As well as the snow, there was a biting wind, and everywhere was pretty icy.
It did make for pretty pix, though. This is the laird’s house, still owned by the family…
… and here are some of the sheep on the beach outside Nouster eating seaweed…
… and a close up to prove it!!
The next day was much brighter, though still very cold. We went up to the lighthouse where they were punding some of the sheep. They were using a digger and a car to chase them in the right direction. Then they release the ones they are not interested in, and keep the ones ready for market, to go on the boat the next day.
There were plenty of other sheep knocking about…
(The structure in the back ground is the old lighthouse – it is being restored, and the scaffolding is keeping it up meantime!)
Friday morning dawned clear and bright (as they say) – but more importantly, the wind wasn’t too bad. So the boat was able to come:
This is the Earl Siggard, and there were plenty of people at the pier by 08.30 to receive stuff that had been brought over (like FOOD!) and also with things to go back to Kirkwall. This included some of the sheep we had seen being punded:
On the other side of the pier, the sheep slept and ate on, knowing the commotion was nothing to do with them!
My car was the last vehicle off (click the pic for the video!)