Month: December 2008

December 31, 2008

Blessed with a still day and a calm sea, we found ourselves at Loth terminal more or less as the sun came up. There was much low cloud, but the early light broke through where it could and lit the sea beautifully – we had several beautiful views of silvery sea on the drive to the ferry and Backaskaill, Stove, and the Eday sound all looked very lovely.

Water Socks WIP
Water Socks WIP

The Varagen was in service, and we were scheduled to come and go via Eday yesterday. Normally we take advantage of the deck space on the Varagen and travel outside in the fresh air, or go in the half deck cafeteria for the bacon butties. We were eschewing the bacon, so yesterday was the first time I had set foot in the passenger lounge. “Mostly too hot, and rather uncomfortable seating” was my verdict.

I knitted on  my Water Socks in both directions and by the time I got home I had added half a leg, a heel flap and one third of the gusset stitches. It won’t be long now until I have a pair.

Low cloud over the Kirkwall area
Low cloud over the Kirkwall area

We arrived in Kirkwall to find it far colder than Sanday had been when we left. There was some low cloud and mist that brought with it the kind of chill that instantly seeps into one’s bones and saps all energy.

December 29, 2008
December 29, 2008

Christmas Day dawned fair – a long-awaited break in the weather brought a day of blue skies, sunshine, and very little wind. Perfect for our picnic walk, though the tide times were anything but perfect.

High tide was due around 4pm, when it would be dark. We took a chance and headed out around midday, thinking that the tide might be low enough…

December 27, 2008

Dinner tonight was freshly-made tagliatelle egg pasta with a sauce made from white wine, dolcelatte and brie, with mushrooms – all served with a walnut salad. Absolutely gorgeous.

I used Pouilly Fumé, as the only bottle of white wine in the house – and glugged about one third of a bottle into a pan, added a small clove of crushed garlic, …