Orkney is in the grip of one of the coldest winters we have experienced in recent years. Although it probably doesn’t seem much by Canadian or Scandinavian standards, it still presents problems. Even without guests, we have to heat the building to guard against frost damage and burst pipes. It also adds an extra challenge to all those routine outdoor maintenance tasks. The plus side is that the scenery is even more striking than usual. There are a number of paths that lead from the house into the surrounding countryside and as they run up the hill, they afford stunning views across the town. All of these photographs were taken during a short stroll from the house .
Like a lot of the UK, we have had some wild weather this week, coupled with unusually high tides.
Fortunately, the flood defences installed at Kirkwall harbour last year seem to have worked. Although some low lying roads were affected by flooding and debris, I have not heard of any homes being seriously affected.
Some low lying archaeological sites have had difficulties. In some cases teams are already racing against time because the sites will inevitably be consumed and destroyed by the rising seas.
Hopefully, that will be the last big storm of the winter but we have a fair way to go yet!
Here is some spectacular footage from Orkney.com