Listening to: Knock Knock (The Accidental)
Pigwatch: If I stop worrying about it, it will happen
Nobody here but us: chickens. . . pigs, dogs, cat and trainee pig farmer
The weather has been fabulous on Westray for a week and a half and it's at times like these that it's easy to remember why we came here.
I've been getting the veg garden straight and from there I only have to lift my head to see the sunlight shimmering on the sea, north-east towards Papa Westray or south west towards Rousay and Orkney Mainland.
At the end of last week it was good to spend some time getting out and about with The Boy. We saw hundreds (possibly thousands) of razorbills, several gannets, countless fulmars and at least 150 seals on the rocks off Noup Head. We lay in the soft, tussocky grass on the edge of the cliffs by Castle o'Burrian and eventually saw the first four puffins of the spring, bobbing around about 50yd from the shore.
The camera doesn't do the birds any justice, but the shot on the header was taken the other day by the Iron Age archaeological dig on the west side of the island featured last week on The Discovery Channel - and here's one of Castle o'Burrian, which will be teeming with puffins in a few weeks. . .
. . . and Owen and The Boy enjoying the sunshine on the Westside. . .