An Island Year (December Reflections 11)

December Reflections prompt number 11 is: 10 years ago.

Same old problem… all my images are at home. I don’t appear to have been Blipping at that time but I have managed to log in to Flickr tonight and refreshed my memory…

Ten years ago, I was living one of the outer Northern Isles of Orkney, where we had been since 2006, with three dogs (Suzie, Griff and Nell) and we began the year with three cats also (Lulu, Teddy and Treacle)

Two out of three ain’t bad: Teddy and Treacle. Lulu was never going to be seen in the same frame as these two
We lost Lulu in the summer of 2009

If my photos are to be believed then the sun always shone on that island (it didn’t, not by a long chalk). It is a very gorgeous island.

The year began in rather cold fashion, with some rarely-seen snow.
The sky in Orkney is awesome
Cloudscapes were ever-inviting
Sanday has spectacular beaches

I wasn’t working at that time and was able to fill my days with creative pursuits. I was knitting a great deal, spinning, dyeing, weaving and baking and always taking photographs. I photographed everything that moved, especially Fulmars, and most things that didn’t. Always had my eye on an opportunity to flaunt the handicrafts in my blog.

Knitting
More knitting!
A double whammy: Knitting with Baking
I was learning to weave too, using my handspun yarn when I could do so

And, yes, there was much blogging! FORTY pages of Woolgathering posts for 2009 (archive by date of posting) and they begin on Jan 1st here.

Yes, I could have run through them to find something interesting to write about here and now but time is short!

Yes, I am a show-off – so what? It was fun.

The highlight of the year in 2009 was, as ever, the Sanday Show. I created this image using FlickrToys to illustrate a blog post after the Show. I use it here because it absolutely illustrates who I was and what I was about at that time. Not much has changed to be honest and I do miss the Show!

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Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 27, 2020 at 12:32PM

Apparently Aragon has locked down travel today. Seems we made the correct decision in getting back to France quickly. Yesterday was tough but we seem to be moving on again without resting. The Aire was not very lovely and the noise incessant. Half Term effect is in full throttle. As well as children being alarming,… Continue reading October 27, 2020 at 12:32PM

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