Monday, 21 April 2008

Springtime

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. . .

16 comments:

mig bardsley said...

Stunning views Malc. And it seems to me you deserve it after all the mud and mire.
Any news of Molly and Kim? (I'm joining the ranks of impatient people waiting for piglet pics :)

Ginni Dee said...

Wonderful shots! I love the Puffin Palace!!

No piglets yet? Apparently the breeder got the dates wrong!! It will happen when you turn your back. You'll go for a few hours without thinking about them and viola! There they'll be! It always works that way.

ziggi said...

Set up "Pig Watch"!

Do you have a webcam lying about the place?

You've made me late for work now - I only came over to see the (non) event!

ziggi said...

Or...!

Open a book!

I'll put 50p on Thursday evening - what odds will you give me?

I, still, ♥ the views said...

now you have me humming tunes from 5 Guys Named Moe!!

gorgeous scenery. . . I'm soooooooooooooo envious of dave!!

LITTLE MOE:
You know I like being surrounded by such voluptuosity, such poultritude, to be mothered and smothered, basted in sweet sumptuosness.

Let the cats all criticise, joke about my baby's size, she's reet with me because you see, I likes 'em fat like that.

When she bounces down the street, she's a whole heap of honey and ain't she sweet, feels so fine to know that she is mine, I likes 'em fat like that.

You can have all those lean chicks tender and tall, but when it comes to mean kicks, a big fat momma's the best of all, after I get through working well I reach and grab my hat, and I hurry home, don't want her to be alone, coz I likes 'em fat like that.

ALL:
Tell me why do you like them

LITTLE MOE:
More bounce to the ounce

ALL:
Say why do you like 'em?

LITTLE MOE:
More room to rump

ALL:
How big do you like 'em?

LITTLE MOE:
Tons of fun

ALL:
How wide do you like 'em?

LITTLE MOE:
Well, like that.

ALL:
So you like 'em like that.

LITTLE MOE:
Yeh, I'm a chubby chaser.

ALL:
Ooh, look at her go.

LITTLE MOE:
Don't try to run

ALL:
Ooh, it must be jelly, 'cos jam don't shake like that.

LITTLE MOE:
You can have all those lean chicks tender and tall, but when it comes to mean kicks, a big fat momma's the best of all, after I get through working well I reach and grab my hat, and I hurry home, don't want her to be alone, coz I likes 'em fat like that, now thin may be in, but fat is where it's at!


sorry about that, got a little carried away - presumably this works for the males of your pig collection. . . (I mean, they need to be big - so you can get more sausages out of them - right?!)

:-)

Richard said...

Yes, I can see why you were drawn there too.

Betty said...

"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."

Yes, but is it as good as Willenhall or Bilston?

Reg Pither said...

I saw a sparrow in my garden yesterday.

Malc said...

Mig

No news yet. I may put up a flag when the happy day(s) arrive.

Ginni

I have to go over to Mainland for a day some time this week, so guess when it's going to be.

Ziggi

A lot of the farmers here have CCTV for the cattle and sheep.

How about a sweep?

ISLTV

Err. . . blimey! Kim is certainly a large lady. I'm sort of reminded of Julie T Wallace.

Richard

It's a no-brainer when the sun's shining.

Betty

Mrs TPF is back "home" in Wednesfield and the answer is a resounding "No".

Pither

Tree or House? You're fooling nobody. I happen to know the extensive grounds of the Pither estate includes at least two RSPB reserves.

fiwa said...

I can't believe no piglets yet!
What a gorgeous view, and such beautiful weather. I hope you can get some shots of the puffins - I have never seen one and would love to.

Dave said...

Just make sure that sunshine stays around for another couple of weeks.

KAZ said...

I love the words fulmars, puffins, seals and tussocky.
I hate the words edge and cliffs.

Donn said...

You have a wonderful Life..with a view.
Any Whales ever zoom by whilst trying to outrun the Norwegian Harpoonists?

nikkipolani said...

Wow.
Just wow.
These are phenomenal shots from The Edge of Nowhere.

Malc said...

Fiwa

You can get really close if you sit on the cliff above one of their burrows and wait quietly.

Dave

Bad news is that we finally lost the sunshine this afternoon when a sea mist rolled in. Still not raining though.

Kaz

Drop and impact aren't too good either.

Donn

Orcas are said to gather around Noup Head on the north west of the island during late spring, feeding on young seals and fledglings from the seabird city on the cliffs. I've seen Orcas in the Pentland Firth between Orkney and Scotland as well as minke whales, dolphins and porpoises. A dead sperm whale was washed up on Westray in March last year. It's still there.

Nikki

Not bad considering they were taken with my phone.

snailbeachshepherdess said...

Another piglet watcher here ...beating you hollow now ...18th ewe lambed yesterday ...half way now. Getting short tempered now though on 4 hours sleep per night and the RAIN, two lovely warm afternoons but never a day without the wet stuff.