Getting ready for the year ahead involves a lot of reviewing of resources, including time... Living up here on a peripheral archipelago means every trip planned takes extra time, and money, and is even more weather dependent.
Once upon a time Orkney was the centre of things - a kind of hub in the sea road...
|Olaus Magnus' Carta Marina 1539|
Now a different Magnus helps us get across the Pentland Firth ...
|Magnus 'the Viking' - the new Hamnavoe livery.|
Gear and equipment for trips needs to be checked over too after a winter in the store. This year it was time to splash out a bit on some new Lomo boots. Mary, I am finally stepping out of your second hand boots (one of which, presumed lost, lived in a creel for a winter until found the following summer)!
Knowledge of First Aid needs refreshing and reviewing.
Thank you George Fell.
|First Aid Kit before ................and after George's course.|
Getting kayaks down the road also has its issues that need to be resolved. The van is a great mobile home, but its a bit high for me to wrangle boats on to safely. So this winter the day finally came for the Karitek kayak carrier to be fitted.
With a bit of modification here and there I think I've got it sorted.
I'm getting there...