One of the many wonderful things about St Margaret's Hope is that it is truly unspoilt. When you come here you walk in places that have barely changed in 150 years (except we have central heating and fast broadband in our old houses),
Here is the waterfront on which the Creel stands. Top pic is from the 1890s, lower pic is today, 12 May 2016.
Because the weather yesterday was heavenly (or shall I say more heavenly than usual?), my son William and I went to Rousay and found yet more stunning Orkney beauty.
There was something stunning to photograph wherever I pointed the camera, so we were grateful to find, some way down a path over a gorgeous beach where seals were bobbing around in the sea, THE official place from which to take the very best view on Rousay. I can't imagine the difficulties the community had arguing over where to put it! So here it is:
Though some might disagree (and that includes me — see slideshow below) this is clearly and officially the view to find on Rousay😃😃😃..
Rousay, a tiny and breathtakingly beautiful island (pop. 200), is an easy and fun day-trip from the Creel to see amazing archeological sights and nature at its purest.
Here is a little photo reportage on our trip yesterday
We had a lovely beer and a snack, along with a friendly chat, at the Pier Bar & Shop, just above the pier where the ferry comes in. Highly recommended.
I posted a reproduction of a postcard last week. The word 'postcard' stuck in my mind and I eventually realised that this was because I seem to be living in picture-postcard land. What do I mean by this? Over the last few days of lovely spring lighting (interspersed with some jolly rainstorms and brisk winds) I have encountered postcard-worthy views at every turn! Here are three examples, taken over the last 3 days as I was out and about. What a place Orkney is for photographers!
However, I'll start with my postcard of St Margaret's Hope. The Creel is slap-bang in the centre of the picture (of course😜). So I live in – and my guests can come to join me in – a picture postcard.😀😀😀
And now for 3 days' worth of postcards.
This was on Sunday
A view of Herston
Looking towards St. Mary's from Burray
At the end of an unnamed road on Burray. Find the spot here: 58°50'56.7"N 2°52'34.0"W
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.