Christmas for the Flotta community arrived on the back of a lorry. As always. And as always people appeared to help as soon as Kenny drove his pick-up into Burnside.
This year, of course, Scottie was not here to supervise them, but Isla took up where he left off.
Putting up the tree might be the same as most places, but Flotta has its added extras – 8 guy ropes, double pegged, to make sure the tree stays upright whatever the weather throws at it.
As always, lots of folk turned out to watch the tree lights being turned on, and to sing carols. The rain kept off for a while, so there was one carol before the lights went on….
… and then the two boys from the school pushed the switch.
Then there was another carol, before folk adjourned to the community hall for refreshments and more carols. (I went back to work – deadlines wait for no man.)
The lights go on just before twilight, and off at midnight. The tree is right outside my gate, and means I have no need of my own tree inside.
When I take the dogs out for our last night walk, the lights do look pretty. (The red one is on the hub of the wind turbine on the top of the hill.)
A few days before Christmas we did have a bit of snow. This is Fara and the hills of Hoy taken from down near the pier on Flotta.
The kirk is an important part of Flotta life, and Christine always decorates it to look its best.
Many of the decorations were made by the children over the years.
This year we had the addition of Christingles, brought over by Marion for the Carol Service.
One of the great traditions is the Watchnight service on Christmas Eve. This starts at 11.30, and ends with the bell being rung at midnight. We then come out of the pews, hold hands in a circle, and sing Oh Come All Ye Faithful. Then we have a party.
Christmas Day was cold and crisp. It was icy underfoot, but the dogs still enjoyed their morning walk, as did I.
I hope your Christmas was as enjoyable as mine!