Architecture

Windmills, Minus Sails, Plus A Lot More

Four windmills that are quite local to where we live in the Fens.  None of them are now working, and only one has been restored into a home.  The first windmill is behind Mill House, which is really in need of being restored, if one had a lot of money to take on the task.

The next windmill is behind a garage and I suppose it will just all fall down one day, again such a shame.

Now this windmill has been saved and turned into a home, which is what could have happen to the other three.

Not from far from the above windmill, is this poor specimen, full of rubbish, I think it belongs to a small farm, there are old sheds nearby, which could have something to do with the mill.  But in the ten years we have lived here in the Fens, the mill has just got worse.  I just wanted to record them, while they are still standing.  There are many more dotted around, and I suppose you just can’t save everything.

Just a bystander, watching with interest.

Scapa Whisky Distillery, Orkney, Scotland

 

 

Iceland Cruise March 2018 – When we arrived on Orkney, one part of our coach trip was to see a whisky distillery, Scapa Whisky.  The weather was overcast and cold, also the windows of the coach were tinted and not that clean, so the photos I took out of the window were a bit hit and miss.  The tour was interesting and you got a wee dram and the glass to keep at the end of the tour, which pleased husband, and he was also pleased to add a new one to our ‘Whisky Distillery Category’

A little history……….Scapa has long been known as the ‘other distillery’ on Orkney, overshadowed in both reputation and popularity by the neighbouring Highland Park. This is hardly surprising, given Scapa’s relatively small annual capacity of just under 1 million litres. In recent years however, Scapa has enjoyed increasing popularity as a single malt.

The distillery was originally founded in 1885 by Macfarlane and Townsend, near the town of Kirkwall at the head of Scapa Bay. This location was significant during both World Wars, when it was used as a naval base for the British fleet. Following WWII the distillery was taken over by Hiram Walker & Sons, and then existed in relative anonymity for years before being mothballed in 1994. However, from 1997 until 2004 a small team of staff from Highland Park used the Scapa facility to distil small amounts of whisky and keep the equipment in use.

In 2004, Scapa underwent an extensive refurbishment worth over £2million and full-time production re-commenced. Ownership of the distillery transferred to Pernod Ricard in 2005, and they have helped to raise the profile of the Scapa brand considerably since then. Shortly after this takeover the traditional 12 year old Scapa was replaced with a new 14 year old expression. This was subsequently replaced again with the current 16 year old expression in 2008.

Iceland Cruise 25 – Exploring Lerwick, The Shetlands, Scotland

Iceland Cruise March 2018 – After our coach trip, we had the afternoon to our selves to explore Lerwick, the capital of The Shetland Islands, on the Island of Mainland.  The first settlement to be known as Lerwick was founded in the 17th century as a herring and white fish seaport to trade with the Dutch fishing fleet. This settlement was on the mainland (west) side of Bressay Sound, a natural harbour with south and north entrances between the Shetland mainland and the island of Brassy.  I took quite a few photos, and I just felt that most of them should be in black & white, I wanted to try and get a vintage feeling to some of them.  We had a lovely time just wandering around, the only tourists were from our ship, we were the first cruise ship of the season.  Later we made our way back to the ship, and then it was time to leave port and sail to our last stop, Orkney.  

 

When we were on the coach, I noticed a broch, and took a quick photo (above photo), it was……..The Broch of Clickimin is a large, well-preserved but restored broch.  Originally built on an island in Clickimin Loch, it was approached by a stone causeway. The broch is situated within a walled enclosure and, unusually for brochs, features a large “forework” or “blockhouse” between the opening in the enclosure and the broch itself. The site is maintained by Historic Scotland.  There were several periods of occupation of the site: Late Bronze Age farmstead, Early Iron Age farmstead, Iron Age fort, broch period, and wheelhouse settlement.

Bressay Island Lighthouse 1858 – Nr Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

I nearly missed this lighthouse March 2018, too busy looking the other way.  We were on coach coming into Lerwick, and as we came over the top of a hill, my husband told me to look quickly through the other window.  There was a lighthouse, I took a quick photo and then it was gone.  What I had seen from a distance, was a Stevenson’s Lighthouse on Brassy Island, built between 1854 to 1858, and designed by brothers David and Thomas Stevenson.  You can visit the island, and there is quite a few places to visit, but as we didn’t have a car, and there was no way that we could go to the island, and get back in time for sailing on our cruise ship.  So one more reason to return and explore theses beautiful Islands.  The Lighthouse is going into my ‘Lighthouse Category’, until I return and take some close up photos. 

Iceland Cruise 24 – Tangwick Haa Museum & Trip Back to Lerwick, The Shetlands

 

Iceland cruise March 2018 – On the way back to Lerwick, after our walk along the cliffs, we stopped to look at ‘Tangwick Haa Museum’  This interesting building is full of items from around the Northmavine area, I have added an information sheet if you want to read about it.

One of the items I found interesting was ‘The Gunnister Man’  who was buried 250 and found in 1951.  I have added the information sheet, unfortunately the photo didn’t come too good, but you can still read it.

While on the coach, the tour guide passed around some old black & white photos of knitters on the island.  The ladies knitted non stop, whatever they were doing, they incorporated some knitting.  I just love the photo of the little girl knitting, they started early in those days.

Some views from the coach window on the way back to Lerwick.  Next post will be a visit to Lerwick.  We are still on holiday in Scotland, and so far have had 6 nice days in row, a few more days to go, just hope the weather holds.  

 

 

Iceland Cruise 23 – A Walk Along Eshaness Cliffs, Shetland, Scotland

Iceland Cruise March 2018 – After our visit to the lighthouse on the edge of Eshaness Cliffs, we walked along the cliff edge, and thank goodness no one fell over, a few close calls, but everyone accounted for.  Although the sun was shining, it was very cold, but worth it for the wonderful views you see looking out over the sea stacks.  The walk started at the lighthouse, which is visible for miles and is perched on the rim of fabulous volcanic cliffs, which are made of cooled lava called basalt.  We, as a coach party, only walked a short way, but enough to make us want to come back and do some more of the walk.

Iceland Cruise 22 – Lerwick Port, ‘The Drongs’ & Eshaness, Shetland Islands, Scotland

 

We have had three days of lovely sunshine on the west coast of Scotland, so at least I got to take some sunny photos.  We have seen a lot of wildlife on this trip, and on Thursday, we are going to the Isle of Rum for a walk with one of the rangers, really looking forward to that trip.  

But I need to first, finish our Iceland trip of March 2018, so on the way back from Iceland, after two very nasty days at sea, we docked in Lerwick the capital of Shetland and the sun came out to greet us.  Shetland is a mosaic of over a hundred islands. This most northerly part of the British Isles is inhabited by around 22,000 people and an abundance of wildlife.  Lerwick is situated on the main island of the group and is known as Mainland.  We only spent a day here, but we went to see a lighthouse at Eshaness and a walk along some spectacular cliffs, plus an afternoon in Lerwick. 

We left the port and made our way to Eshaness, and of course I took photos of the landscape, including liveable and some not so liveable homes.  Unfortunately as we were on a coach, I had to take the photos through the glass, which was not that clean or clear, but I have picked out the best in the way of not being marked too much.  

We stopped at Barewick Cafe for coffee, and what looked like some wonderful shortbread, unfortunately there wasn’t any gluten free shortbread, so I just had to watch husband eat mine as well.  There is a wonderful view of sea stacks which are called …… The Drongs, they are a group of rocks that rise steeply from the sea at the northern end of St Magnus Bay in the north west of mainland Shetland.  They do make a wonderful subject, and I have played around with a few of them.  If you spotted the fairy stone, she was on the grass outside of the cafe, but we left her there, not sure why she was there, but with fairies it’s best to leave them alone.  I also noticed a small cemetery and later found out it was called ‘Cross Kirk Cemetery’ will need to check this one out when we return in couple of years.

We then went on to find the Lighthouse and passed a sea monster, well it did look like one, Dore Holm is a small islet.

We sighted our first Shetland Ponies, they are so small and cute, but this time the coach didn’t stop for us to take photos, so I took some thought the window, a bit point and press, but you can see how they look.  Next post is the  lighthouse and walk along the cliffs.