I came back from the Glasgow School of Yarn with Elly Doyle. She is staying with me for a couple of weeks to help me with Sorting My Shed, moving stuff and other things.
Our first day back we were both brain dead, so as the weather was good, it seemed a good day for doing stuff which didn’t require a lot of thought. That meant cutting back the willows and fuchsia bushes. This was a job I had been meaning to do for ages, but once we started it only took half an hour.
It now looks a bit bare, but next spring it will look very different.
Each day we have taken The Dog out for a walk, often to a different area of the island. The shore close to the house always brings interest, often in the form of seals.
Elly spent a lot of time finding shells of different colours, still watched by the seal…
Another day we went up to Stanger Head, a WWII lookout station, now without doors or windows. Views over the Pentland Firth are good from here, and on a clear day you can see miles down in to Mainland Scotland.
The Buchanan Battery is a large gun emplacement on the road up to Stranger Head.
The steps up to the tower are still in place here, and the views for the intrepid climber are good.
There are all sorts of different levels in the buildings, and openings through the concrete in different directions.
One day when the wind was right down we went on to the headland beyond the Stanger Head buildings. Elly was again an intrepid climber – this time down to the platform below the end of the cliffs, where you can get good views of the two sea stacks, known as The Cletts. She took the camera down.
Meanwhile, I was searching the sea for signs of cetaceans and seals from the top.
Scottie kept a close eye on her….
Back in the house, we have both been working at our spinning….
… knitting and designing.
This morning the weather was good again, so we went round West Hill. We had one hold up….
Then we walked to the shore and pottered about for a bit….
… and then Elly drove the wartime road….
She did very well, especially as she is a complete beginner.