Friday, 4 February 2011


Well, what a night! The wind was howling around the house and the hail and sleet was hammering the windows. The local papers website says that gusts of up to 122mph were recorded on the island... that's fast wind! I was very glad to go outside this morning and find the roof still intact. Others weren't so lucky.

It looks like this half built house on the east Mainland suffered!

I went down to the new recycling yard come charity shop in Stromness today. It's fantastic seeing people bringing in items that are too good to landfill! The site is run by the charity Orkney Zero Waste and the site Steptoze Yard  is full of bits and bobs - great for rummaging around!

I came away with a window, an old aluminium soup flask and this lovely mustard jar full of brass and steel nuts.

Think I might have a go making some earrings from these next week.

Oh, and don't forget Valentines Day is coming up.  Make your own card, or buy a handmade one!


  1. Blimey! and I thought we were getting a battering from the wind in Edinburgh, it only got up to 70mph here, with some thunder and lightening thrown in for good measure.
    Steptoze looks wonderful, a great idea and a great name. :)

  2. Yes it was a bit wild! Today we have had the usual 4 seeasons in one day, sun, wind, hail, rain, sun, sleet and wind!

  3. Welcome to the world of blogging! It's quite addictive! Sounds like you were pretty blown around but glad you survived intact :) Your rummage yard sounds great!