I first met Deb online a good number of years ago, and we talked North Ronaldsay sheep. Over the years we kept coming back to the subject, then 3 years ago I met her face to face. Today we met up again, this time in Kikrwall.
After a very nice lunch in my ‘town office’ (Lucano’s) with Jane Cooper of The Woolsack and Rod and Alison who brought Deb up here, Deb and I made the 20 minute flight over to North Ronaldsay. (The fair haired lass at the front is the pilot.)
It was a tad windy, both in the air and on the ground!
We went down to the Bird Observatory (where we are staying) to dump our stuff, and after a long coffee and sheep chat, we headed off to the pier head to find sheep. These were Deb’s first:
And a bit closer:
Then it was off to Westness, which today was the more sheltered side of the island. I told Deb to go slowly as there could be sheep:
And there were!
There were also plenty on the beach, including this interestingly coloured one…
… and this cute pair:
They can be very well camouflaged:
The sun was coming in and out, and when it was out, I loved the colour of the lichens on the sheep dyke:
Then it was over to the east side to find more sheep! Deb was in her element!
And the sheep closer to:
Our next stop was by the lochan in the north of the island. Here we stayed in the car and the sheep paraded past.
The last stop for today was at the lighthouse. We stood in its shelter and watched yet more sheep…
Tomorrow is forecast to be rainy, but we have inside stuff to see. Hopefully it will have cleared up by the afternoon when we are due to meet with June Morris. But that is another day!