Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sunday fun day at the beach

After a 40km whizz around Kergord on the bike first thing and a swim at Clickimin with Beren we headed off to Meal Beach to enjoy the amazing clam sunny weather we've been having.

It was a popular destination!


Beren had a new shortie wetsuit for playing in the sea and he'd bought a body board with pocket money he'd saved up and some second hand fins he bought on his cub camp on Yell.

Unfortunately beaches, body boarding and fins look cooler than they are easy to use as he found out. He also found out that a cheapo shortie wetsuit doesn't mean the water is magically like a warm bath! Though he did acclimatise once he'd got over the initial shock. As for me it was just shorts and a tea shirt and man up!


Here's a little video of our fun with some cool footage of the common terns fishing around about us...



Stunning day on Papa Stour

Some colleagues from work had mentioned they fancied going to Papa Stour for a walk some time ago, so I booked the ferry and hoped that we'd have some good weather by the time we went.

Crikey, did we have good weather, a bit too good really! Flat calm seas, hardly any wind and that big hot orange ball beating down on us. It was great.

We dropped some food and a BBQ off at the ferry waiting terminal once we'd arrived at Papa Stour and set off for an anti-clockwise tour of the best bits of the island.

Robie's Noust in West Voe...


And the route we'd be taking around West voe. Sadly no otters today...


It was a stunning day with terns and bonxies in the air.


And great coastal features...


Every stack seemed to be teeming with birdlife.


  


Luckily the bonxies and terns weren't feeling aggressive yet. We even saw some arctic skuas too.


Some views! Ronas Hill in the distance...


And a lunch stop on Virda Field.


One of our bunch was a bit more full of energy than the rest and ran around a few headlands that we missed off. He also went up and down a few geos...


A bundle of wood waiting to be collected...




Lyra Skerry and Fogla Skerry...
 


Lyra Skerry...


What a day and the ground was dry as a bone...


Lyra Skerry and Fogla Skerry...


Aesha Head...


When we got back to the ferry terminal we'd done about 10 miles and had a few hours before the return crossing, so we got a BBQ on the go and laid back to enjoy a good feed and relaxing time.

It was an ace day with an ace bunch  and the best day out I've had in a long while.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Summer's on it's way...

Summer's on it's way. Well the birds are all arriving and getting busy, so we went down to Sumburgh Head the other evening to have an easy peek at the puffins, guillemots, razor bills, gannets etc.



A shag collecting nest material...


And the obligatory puffin shots...



I've been out and about quite a bit with the good weather we've been having, but not really taking any photos. I did take a few of the common terns at Toft the other day though ...


A nice boat with convenient spots for terns to perch...



And someone had been busy collecting dog whelks, with sack of them keeping cool in the tide...


 I'm off to Papa Stour to take a group of colleagues for a walk around the isle. The forecast is good so we'll hopefully have an amazing day and I might even take a few snaps...






Saturday, 14 May 2016

A wander out to Fethaland


Beren's away on Yell at cub camp, so with a fine, but cold day Clare and I decided to have a walk out to Fethaland. Setting off from Sandvoe along the beach we followed the track and path past the lochs of Lower and Upper Setter to join the main track to Fethaland about half way there. Before long we were nearly there and looking forward to a picnic on the shore.


We managed to sneak up behind the buildings and quietly sit down to lunch without disturbing the seals on the rocks...




Clare hasn't actually been here before, but I think we'll be back...


After lunch and a bit of seal watching we went up on to The Isle of Fethaland itself.


First stop was to look at the old soap stone workings in Cleber Geo...


The remains of partially carved out bowls can be seen everywhere when you get your eye in...



Then we wandered up to the lighthouse itself. Sadly a modern job, but with the air of Dalek I think...


There are some impressive cliffs on the west side and a great view out along the coast to Uyea...




My poor attempt at a Brenizer panorama...


The route back followed the eastern coast to Isbister. Passing The Kame of Isbister on the way and a couple of other ancient monastic hermitage sites on top of the isolated kames.


May be 8 miles with our wandering in just under 4 hours with plenty of time for lunch stops and photos and we never saw a soul. My idea of a good day out!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Fine day on Yell

The fine weather continues with a fine day on Yell inspecting a few bits and pieces... 


The lambs were enjoying the day...



Even the White Wife was sunning herself...



And lucky me got to see and otter enjoying it's lunch...


Let's hope the fine weather continues a while longer!