Well, it was a prize find for me, and now there is a 2 nights' free stay to be won. You need to go here to find out how.
I was taking pictures of the arrival of spring in Orkney last weekend when I noticed an interesting phenomenon: Scapa Flow was steaming.
I asked some friends about this and was let into one of the lesser-known facts about Scapa Flow. Occasionally, underwater vents or fissures open and become active for brief periods at the bottom of Scapa, which is, of course, itself the crater of an ancient volcano, When this happens, the surface of Scapa can steam, as may be seen behind the farmhouse in this landscape shot.
Down at the bottom, however, some water is super-heated and gives rise to a rather special Orkney treat. Lobsters can get caught in eddies of this scalding water and get themselves cooked on the spot. And since cooked lobsters float, they rise to the surface and may be collected by those in the know as a special free treat. These lobsters are particularly delicious because the minerals coming from Scapa’s volcanic vents impart an especially nice flavour to the lobster flesh.
It doesn’t happen very often, but I do hope one day to try this rather unique dish – volcanically cooked lobster.
By arresting sights, I mean, not arresting officers.
On my way home yesterday, I was unable to resist turning off my road onto the lane signposted Cornquoy, where a lovely church stands overlooking the bay.
St Nicholas's Church, Former Holm Kirk
A salt-water carwash may not be too good for your car, but it's great fun. Here's how one crosses the Churchill barriers during a moderate storm:
This was filmed in November last year but had to wait until BT provided fast internet to St Margaret's Hope in order to be able to upload it. Filmed on iPhone by son William in the passenger seat while I drove.
If the storms get too bad, the Coast Guard close the barriers to traffic for a few hours until the tide goes down. However, the barriers don't have to be closed very often and it's all part of the fun of living here.
Yet one more reason to think of a winter stay in the Creel! (Particularly if you're in a hire car 😜)
But car washes weren't allowed during this January storm.
following a walk last Saturday with my son at Bay of Skaill. It's truly beautiful (see the picture I took) but a promised attraction was nowhere to be found!
There are several warning signs there saying "Danger Quicksands!" yet we were unable to find any places where our feet would sink into the sand. Disappointment😩! Must find a Trading Standards office so I can have a moan.
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.