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.
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.