Now that the Wu'flu is on the downturn. I imagine people's thoughts will be returning to more mundane but in many ways more exciting things such as house-buying.
The Creel. too, has been patiently waiting for new potential owners to announce themselves, since it managed to put itself on the market just before these current troubles began, But, since it has stood for at least a couple of hundred years, I don't suppose it felt that was a very long time.
All these goings on have given more time for photography in this beautiful location, rated one of the best and safest places in the UK to live. And it's not just me saying that (and feeling it too!):. For instance:
The Telegraph: https://bit.ly/3dvlvlV
The Guardian says: https://bit.ly/2Z3V2XA
The Beeb: https://bbc.in/3dyaQXJ
From a blog by someone who moved: https://bit.ly/3ezzOau
The Creel is currently excellently kitted out as a fully functional B&B which can be taken over and made operational from one day to the next.
However, if I did not already have my own house in Orkney, this would be the family house I would be sorely tempted to buy – four bedrooms (3 with sea views), each with their own bathroom, and space, space, space downstairs to make a day room with this view
which the other day (19June) looked like this when cooler air from the North Sea wafted in some mist:
It would be as easy as anything to repurpose, with a couple of screens, the large dining room into two areas, each the size of a decent sitting room – a family dining room near the entrance to the professional kitchen with its Aga, and the front area into a cosy sitting room.
That's what I would do, anyway, the space would allow for solutions beyond my limited imagination.
Living in St Margaret's Hope would seem to me a perfect solution in the new age which is starting: high speed internet (fibre to the box gives us 50Mb), two shops, two pub/restaurants, and a post office two minutes' walk away, a local primary school in the village, Kirkwall Grammar School in town (with its own bus) and the beauty of Orkney nowhere further than a short drive away.
Here are some photos from how we spent the lockdown.
A walk around the village. More pics here
Picnic and walk in Sandwick. More pics here
Walk in Orphir. More pics here
Just down the road – A wander round Lythes. More pics here
A tiny bit further down the road. A wander in the South Parish. More pics here
Yesterday's sunset (24/6/20). Nothing unusual for this time of year! More pics here
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.