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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Longest Day

Some photos of the second longest day of the year.

Sunset on Papa Stronsay:10:28 p.m.

Sunrise on Papa Stronsay: 3:58 a.m.

Although the sun does drop below the horizon for almost five and a half hours, we do not experience full darkness at this time of year.  You can see on the graph here that we do not have night, properly so called (true darkness), from the 24th April to the 18th August.  However, these dates would only apply when the sky was not overcast.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Replenishing the Stores

During the Summer months on Papa Stronsay we have the opportunity to take our little boat out to sea to catch fish to put in the freezer for the following months.  Some years are better than others.  This year, on the 4th July we took advantage of the fine weather and set out.

On the way out, we prayed the Rosary and asked Our Lady to lead us to the fish.

Having invoked Our Lady and had two Orca sightings, we were confident of a catch.

 We were not disappointed! We caught plenty of Mackerel...

 ...and cod.

 Br Edmund Maria brings Mackerel aboard.

 A puffin.

Sheep venturing close to the edge.


On the return journey we cleaned the 102 fish we had caught, providing a meal for the seagulls too!


Thanks be to God for His provident care, providing us with such food on our doorstep.

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