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Welcome to Orkney

Welcome to Orkney !

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Inside Orkney Updates

After a lot of polishing the new website has been unleashed to the world. Google have probably indexed it for the first time this weekend. We still have some improvements and corrections to make but sometimes you just have to open the doors and time is getting short. So go and take a look. Orkney Holidays will never be quite the same !

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Inside Orkney

This afternoon, October 3rd 2013 Inside Orkney was incorporated as a Limited Company. I am the Chairman, Babs is the Managing Director. Fair well new baby. We will do our best to see you grow.

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Return

The Blog starts again. Together with the reorganised website this blog will be given a greater profile and I will be back on a regular basis. Not entirely sure how its going to develop but I guess we will see.

Today I am mainly recovering from a series of late nights from the magnificent Blues Festival last weekend added to a small dinner party last night which turned into another late one. Good to see the Sun again after a series of dreek days but not so good to be a bit too feeble to make the best use of it !

Off to OrkneyRocks ! Choir practice and then an OLAF meeting shortly. We did manage a lovely walk at lunchtime around Hobbister and I guess I better take them out again before I go into town.

Seems that my life is at a crossroads. One path leads to most of what I have always wanted, the other back into the unknown dark lands, certainly not where I want to go. The positive future is wonderful, tantalising and coming into focus. Cross your fingers for me !

Enjoy.

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History

June 20th 8.55 pm first guests arrived at East Heddle.

Remarkable.

After 6 years its done.

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Dusty

This blog has become neglected for which I apologise to the stalwart reader (s). Things in general are getting better. Loads of problems but most have solutions. New Skipper fot the Misty Isle in place and she will start fishing again the early Spring. Hooray !

Will give a photo update to EH soon. It is going to be incredible.

take good care and all who sail with you !

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We did it

Over the weekend 25 tonnes of soil and 2300 sq ft of turf was artfully deposited on the roof of East Heddle. It was the last weekend of the year when this was possible as the Weather has now broken and rain is heavy and forcast all week.

It was very hard even so and we worked over 20 hours to get it done.

Photos to folow, major updates to site due soon.

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White Billed Diver

white billed diver

This bird has been around for a while and i finally got the time to find it down at Barrier 4 yesterday. A Corker ! Big, goose sized parsnip nosed Diver and spectacular to see in the flesh. Normally hangs out in the Artic and Scandinavia/ Very impressive.

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Five Stars

fivestarWe got a Five Star grading for the Byre today. Good.

Lots, so much to say that I can’t say it. Will update properly on a dreeky day. EH underway, roof imminent.

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River Warbler

Spent a couple of hours twitching today after a very rare visitor

river warbler

a River Warbler who arrived in Evie last week. Strong winds meant it failed to show. Not my style but it was a departure from the normal bird walk.

Lost my Angelica to the gales, force 6 or 7 i guess, gusting 50mph. After 6 weeks of great weather it it not so bad but it was magnificent, 7ft tall and in full flower so its tough to see it destroyed.

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yada yada

Life stumbles on. Brother Jonno been and gone. Weather remarkable for best spring ever, almost too dry and sunny infact. Many gorgeous days. Today a bit breezy but so far no real winds since April. Gardening a lot, planting up EH with structural stuff. Lots to do, Tom being very helpful. Mother mad as a brush. Brother Jules not progressing much. EH a bit stalled, stonework is more than Brian expected I think. Timing may become an issue. Byre going pretty well, solid bookings up to mid-August.

Great RSPB day out onĀ  Copinsay two weeks ago; loads of migrants here but no time to see them, Sea Eagle, Golden Eagle seen today/yesterday. (not by me).

Will post more photos soon.

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Week I

Ends at EH. I will take some photos. Lost the architect (fired), took dowm more stone, watched big vehicles do stuff. Good start all in all.

Brother Jonno arrives this afternoon, long journey from Ashland, Oregon ends here at 3pm. Will be very good to see him.

Weather has been extraordinary, no rain for three weeks, loads of Sun and warm as well. Set to continue but cooler. Best May since 2003, that’s certain. Makes tree planting very difficult as cannot do it out of hose range until proper rain is forecast. Working very hard, getting things done, apart from Brian who has gone AWOL again. Very irritating.

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Start

May 10th 2008

It began. Just Terry and me, hardcored and scalped the interior floor of East Heddle. The first day that finally stuff is going into EH rather than out. It has started.

starting

Last week Tom and I removed the last section of wall that had to come down and moved the last flags out. The builders are coming…

magic

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Blissful

On Sunday we had our last Winter birdwalk. After 7 months of cold often wet sometimes tough outings (though always very rewarding) the April walk is like a reward. 15c, blue skies, light winds. Orkney sparkling, with the birds responding. The walk was looking for Summer migrants on the East Coast of Deerness, from Dingieshowe beach to Ayres Point.

wheatear

First we saw Sandwich Turns, newly arrived from Africa, fishing with spectacular grace. Then the Swallows again back from Africa; we were looking out for Wheatears. These White Arses are simply exquisite. Like the Turns and Swallows, back from Africa for the long Summer feeding days.

We had a great picnic in a sheltered spot, positively sunbathing. We went on to see Purple Sandpipers, Whimbrel, Short Eared Owl, Kestral, Turnstones, Ringed Plovers and many others.

A great way to finish the Winter walks.

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Return

Saw Dominic and Joe in London which was good. Came back on Monday, through terminal 5 which is a huge improvement, an amazing piece of engineering and essentially a shopping mall with planes attached.

The grind is back, first grass cut at Woodwick yesterday, helping Brian with Stonework. Still dry and cold but now overcast; think some wet weather is due. Bookings pretty good for Byre, July sold out already. Everything just about ok in my absence though as usual Tom didn’t reach the mark.

Thats it for now.

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