Me: "Matthew, you haven't bought me anything for my birthday have you?" Matthew: "No, why?" Noting the package that has just arrived.
Me: "Because you bought me birthday wool." * *slinks off to sip tea and inhale the ultimate sheepyness that is North Ronaldsay wool from A Yarn from North Ronaldsay.
Swipe to see the lovely note about the Post Office and fog - love this!
Last year I bought yarn from Shilasdair on the Isle of Skye and wool from #birlinnyarncompany
from the Isle of Berneray. I think that I have inadvertently created a 'thing' whereby every birthday means a jumper quantity of yarn from an island somewhere. So far it has all been Scottish but next year I have my eye on some @janistarcroft Nash Island Tide, which comes from Maine.
at about 10:30 last night, the sun set over the Seal Skerries
soon after (in the sky opposite), the shadow cast by the earth, showed up as a low blue band in the evening haze
Everyday #NorthRonaldsay : As we stayed two weeks there, we mainly used the kitchen. The sink was directly beneath the window: you could see neighbours, sea gulls, sheep, clouds, visitors and so on. So we named it the gossip bowl. Now these shells remember us about this as they are near our sink in Berlin.
What better way to switch back to North Ronaldsay photos than by sharing these beautiful mallimaks 😍
There aren’t really any cliffs on North Ron, so these individuals have improvised by setting up home on the pier
Unwinding this skein the ‘old fashioned’ way - there’s something quite lovely about a hand wound ball of wool. It’s not as neat and well behaved as a yarn cake - it has the tendency to escape your lap and dart around the floor like an excitable pup BUT it does fit snug whilst grasped in the hand and when you give it that squeeze...well, it’s just that drug that keeps you knitting! Wool :: #northronaldsay 2ply hand dyed by Prim-Peacock - it’s not got a colourway name but I imagine it’s inspired by the seaweed/grass that the local sheep eat?! Wool picked up last Summer from AYarn in #kirkwell#orkney (oh, I can’t wait to return). This wool is going to become part of my #rhidorrochhat by @flutterbyknits - I need a little hat project to take to the Coast and break up all this shawl knitting I’ve gotten into. // #whatsonmyneedles#knittersofinstagram#knittingaddict#ilovewool#iloveknitting#knittersofravelry#knittingproject
I always struggle when it comes to telling arctic terns and common terns apart.. Thankfully in Orkney they’re both called pickie ternos! Makes it much easier 😂 (Think this is an Arctic tern Though?)
Everyday #NorthRonaldsay : typical maritime weather... or like the Orcadians tend to say: 80% of the time you have bad weather, the remaining 20 are dominated by storm and really bad weather... just kidding: there are plenty of sun hours throughout the year.
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I’m currently sat on a tiny island in the middle of the North Sea with zero mobile data, so posts may be few and far between.
Tracked down some WiFi today, and thought I would post this.
North Ronaldsay summed up in one photo.. A dyke, sheep, and the lighthouse
Everyday #northronaldsay : fishing from the beach is quite hard so you should try and collect some of the limpets for dinner. If you’re lucky, you might find some scallops. For the lazy guys: Kirkwall restaurants offer scallops for a great price/quality.
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Following on from yesterday, another memory from #orkney#sealsofinstagram#sunshine 🌞 #spyingonme . They would always call to one another when we were near site, on the rocks as if to say ‘ha whats this weird group of people scratching at the dirt and sand!’ #archaeology , #amazing stuff. Stay tuned for an archaeology post later 😊. @visitorkney, its nearing the peak tourist season 😊!
Everyday #NorthRonaldsay : There are two beer breweries on Mainland: Orkney Brewery in Quoyloo and Swannay Brewery in Swannay. So the‘re multiple ways to enjoy the #Orcadian (a newspaper printed since 164 years) with a stunning view at the Bird Observatory.
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