No, I wasn't throwing them at guests in a fit of temper. And no, it wasn't aliens intent on abduction. It was these that arrived...
These things – there are three of them – have just landed on walls around the establishment as part of my promise to make The Creel the sort of place I would have liked to find myself in when I had to stay in hotels. They are latest-generation, hotel-grade technology for WiFi coverage. And thanks to these, there is now full power wifi all over the place – in the bedrooms, in the restaurant, in the Blue Lobster Bar, and, in fact, out in the road all the way up to the waterfront!* The password is.... XXXXXXXX [the secret will be shared with guests]
Fantastic kit, beautifully installed by The Creel's friends at Orkney PC of Kirkwall.
Better still, in time for the season, British Telecom will be switching on The Creel's optical fibre connection for decent speed at last! Gee whizz!
*This statement fully tested: After writing and posting this, I drove to Kirkwall for some supplies. Getting back home just now, I was still parking the car when my iPhone started beeping with incoming emails: it had already connected to the Creel's wifi.
...I had to taste wines to choose an assortment for the Creel and its Blue Lobster Bar. This was last Friday (so I'm sober now 😀).
The aim was too choose a few very special Italian wines from a truly special importer who brings to the UK wines made by small, traditional winemakers all over Italy. The tasting did not actually help much – too many of the wines were seriously special and totally delicious!!! I would have liked to stock them all! However, this one will definitely be on my list
But the tasting did at least help confirm who will supply the Creel's wines:
The Italian wines will come from
Ethical Edibles from whom I got the wines above
French and New World wines will come from Orkney's own top wine merchant (who joined me for the tasting above):
Kirkness & Gorie
and a Georgian wine or two will come from
The Georgian Wine Society
Some wonderful food pairings await.
Some lovely fresh Orkney langoustine tails (thank you Dougie and Phyllis at Kirkwall Bay Shellfish😀) were blue lobstered by me yesterday and looked like this:
I marinaded them in olive oil, pimentón, fine slivers of garlic, etc and then air-fried them.
Then I tried them out on some guests and this was the result:
A bottle of Gewürztraminer for the grown-ups went really well with them. All in all, my guests (a Dad and two lovely young girls who know their food) and I had a jolly time with our blue lobsterized langoustines
at the Creel B&B
The days are already noticeably longer and the light was wonderful yesterday as the sun was dropping in the sky. This called for a walk – with camera, of course! – to enjoy our stupendous skies.
The Pool of Cletts, with St Peter's Church left in frame
St. Peter's Church, South Ronaldsay
I love it when the sun suddenly shines out like a spotlight through a hole in the clouds. It happens frequently here and looks wondrous every time.
The fields between St Margaret's Hope and the church
Room with a view of the North Sea
This, for a change, will be a post where the words are more important than the pictures. People coming here need to make the most of their journey and, to help in that, the Creel, Eastward Guest House/The Missing Bell, and Pure Orkney have linked up in an informal partnership to provide an abundance of reasons for waking up on South Ronaldsay and having the fullest and most interesting of days without ever leaving this island so full of history and wonders of nature.
There is now a new (and constantly evolving) page on the website to take visitors to the best of South Ronaldsay.
So now there is more reason than ever to...
So do please take a look. It's here.
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.