Conor, on the other hand, was rather more impressive. I wanted to go to the Ba' in Kirkwall but wondered if the wind would let me. (It certainly wasn't letting the Pentalina sail – crossings cancelled all day!). So I grabbed my things and set off. Got a salt-water carwash at No.4 barrier between South Ronaldsay and Burray and made my way to No. 3 barrier, where I stopped to take some photographs.
Heavy-bevvy salt-water carwash in operation
The waves were constantly bashing into the barrier and I decided that, alhtough not officially closed for safety reasons, i would probably give my Kirkwall trip a miss since glimpses of No. 2 barrier in the distance looked even worse.
The sea was beautiful though.
This was happening at a rate of about one every second or so
Having decided to chicken out, I thought I had better do something. The wind direction told me that Burwick ought to be rather exciting, so I made a U-turn and set off in the opposited direction.
And Burwick was wonderful! Here are the pics.
The pier was taking a battering
The air was misty with salt spray
No checking creels today
I wonder where the seals go in this sort of weather
And my best shot last!
I took all the pics standing in the lee of my car, or of these concrete blocks piled up for a pier enlargement as otherwise it would have been difficult to stand. I had wanted to go to the top of the cliff to look out further over the Pentlnd Firth, but there was so much spray whipping up over the clifftop that this would have been impossible.
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.