Thursday 22 November 2018

Photo montage

This post is a bit of a photo round-up of the past week, a combination of work views and ephemeral skies.

Last Thursday, I travelled to Westray to repair a satellite link which controls a wind turbine. Just take your van into the field, they said, it'll be fine. Er... no. It's two wheel drive and laden with heavy things. I carried all my gear across the field.

It was a rather gorgeous day for November, mind.

And that electric fence? It was live. An expletive may have been uttered.

Friday saw me in Shetland. Another sunny day, and one of my customers had a predilection for Land Rover's finest, the Discovery. We know what that feels like!

Fast forward to Tuesday, and some early morning sunshine picked out the island of Cava on the opposite side of Scapa Flow. Normally, this island, and its neighbours Fara and Rysa Little, are indistinguishable from the looming bulk of Hoy, so it was lovely to see Cava have its moment in the spotlight.

That afternoon, the sunset was a muted pink and grey affair.

Yesterday, strong winds from the east forced the temporary closure of Churchill Barrier 2. We can't see the structure from Tense Towers, but its location can be inferred from the position of the blue lights on the police car and the spray.

And today my van was at the garage for a repair, which was fortunate as I was summoned to the court of Princess Button on Graemsay.


Coastal Ripples said...

Your posts always make me chortle. You live in a wonderful part of the world :) B

Imperfect and Tense said...

Thank you :o) There's that old maxim about if one doesn't have anything useful to say, say nowt. By that token, my blog would be rather sparse, so I'll take chortling any day of the week.

It is a wonderful part of the world... and also cold... and windy... cold and windy... wonderfully windy and cold.

Spadger said...

I bet that brought back memories of military manoeuvres carrying ridiculous over weight rucksacks across extreme terrain?

Imperfect and Tense said...

Lol! Especially the time I accidentally electrocuted several warrant officers, when the front bumper of my Landy was just touching an electric fence and they went to uncouple the trailer...

Spadger said...

That's shocking! :0)

Anonymous said...

My son learnt to drive our landy when he was 8.... He used to drive it round the field with the back door open while I threw electric fence posts in the back. Button on two blogs, eh? She is famous!

Imperfect and Tense said...

Perhaps everyone should learn to drive in an old Landy :o)

Two Blogs Button! I'm pretty sure I won't be allowed to call her that!
The photo offered up a surprise, when I realised that, not only was there a cat on the tea towel, but the blue towel was casting a shadow that looked like another one snoozing on the floor.