It was windy yesterday – and therefore the right weather to go out an enjoy the storminess. So off I went with three children in tow (one of mine and two borrowed) to a secret beauty spot a few miles from here. The weather then let me down: the sun came out!
It's stunningly beautiful up here in winter too. On 21 December I flew down to Aberdeen to collect my young son who was travelling as an unaccompanied minor and therefore could not change airlines from KLM to FlyBe for the last leg of his flight home for Christmas. So I flew down from Kirkwall on the early morning flight to meet him in Aberdeen. This was the sky as I got off the plane in Aberdeen. Photo is unretouched iPhone snap! I think it proves one should definitely come here in the winter months too: the days may be short but, by golly, they're bright and beautiful!
And it's brighter still in Orkney. This is the village of St. Mary's, just a few miles up the road, by the Churchill barriers, a few days ago:
It is the strict policy of the Creel to source as much as possible locally, and the closer the better – fresh eggs from the village, lobsters and fish from the sea around us, rich Orkney milk (it's the best I've ever tasted) from Crantit Farm in St. Ola and so on. I will write about suppliers as and when I feel inspired.
This principle actually goes, mirabile dictu, even for the soap. We have rather nice Orkney soap. Lovely stuff, hand-made here in Orkney. I took the picture below in the shop when I was arranging an order yesterday.
Come to Orkney and pick up some gold! Everyone knows there's a pot of gold at the bottom of a rainbow. Orkney has pots of rainbows (sorry about the dreadful pun!) and they come really close, like this one. Should be an easy swim.
Of the many things that have been arriving as I endeavour to make the Creel a place where I'll be happy to welcome guests, few have pleased me as much as the decanters which arrived yesterday. Little things please little minds, I suppose: I couldn't resist not only photographing them, but also spending more time than I should on post-processing said pics! (Anything to get out of doing real work, I reckon😀). But they will make the wine taste better, that's for sure.
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.