Monday, 20 April 2009

A Dragon's Eye View

I've been meaning to upload these for ages - I went to visit Morag of Irvine a few weeks ago. She looks across to Arran.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Weekend in Arran

I was over on Arran and the weather was just gorgeous. Warm, sunny .... and a beautiful clear, still evening on Saturday.

I was really wishing I was the one out there in that kayak!

It was still lovely today, although a bit hazy. We went for a walk to King's Cross - I didn't even need a jumper. Warm Arran days are so much warmer than warm Orkney days...

I somehow found the discipline to stay inside and work solidly both ways on the ferry! Term starts again tomorrow ....

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Kite surfer

Spotted Andrew about to go out kite surfing at Scapa, so we stayed to watch - and took a few photos.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Spring has arrived!

The weather forecast was totally wrong and we had a gorgeous day yesterday. It was actually warm enough to work in the garden wearing a t-shirt! It felt really spring-like, with the daffodils out and lambs in the fields.

We made the most of the weather and headed off with our kayaks. My first trip out this year!!!

Lots of seals....

My wrists survived it not too badly. Kye decided it was a good opportunity to test out towing techniqes, so that gave em the opportunity to do a few quick stretches on the way back into the wind - without being blown backwards and having to work twice as hard afterwards, which tends to negate the effects of the stretching!

It was still so nice after lunch that Kye headed back down to the beach to go snorkelling.

Again the seals took an interest!!

Then it was out to the garden, cutting grass, bonfire ..... and we rounded off the day with fish & chips eaten on the pier! It felt like a real holiday!

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Paddling in the rain

The weather's not been very great since I got home for the holidays. It's mostly been raining; however we had a lovely calm day the other day when the sea was flat (rare for Orkney) so Kye went out for a short paddle, asa 2nd 'test drive' of a 2nd hand boat he's thinking of buying. He'd already been out in rougher weather, but I hadn't yet seen the Sirius out on the water. It's a nice looking boat!

Spot the inquisitive seal!

PS Have no idea why the font has changed above from the usual one but no matter what I do it won't let me change it back!!!

Friday, 3 April 2009

End of term

It's the end of term, and although I've got a lot of work to do over the holidays I was too tired to get anything sensible done, so I went for a walk along the coast to Greenan castle instead.

Same kayaker as last week - DW's friend Alan.

Looking back to Ayr from Greenan Castle.

Getting ready for a nice sunset.