Many, many apologies! Have been walking, cycling, working, swimming, travelling, writing short stories, taking photographs, growing tomatoes, keeping track of my mileage - everything, in fact except posting in my blog. This today is by way of a catch up - my report for the month of July.
Total miles walked or cycled in July: 116*
*This includes the 22 in The end of June report on Jaanipäev.
That means that at the end of July, I have covered:
Towards Lothlòrian: 167 miles
Still to go: 295
Total traversed this year: 625
Day light at start of July: 18 hours 03 minutes
- at 31 July: 16 hours 33 minutes
The rate of change is rapidly increasing and we are losing 5 - 6 minutes a day of light - the price we pay for our glorious summers.
But the hours of (almost) total darkness are still a few months away, so I want to show a bit more of what islanders get up to when they have sun, warmth and sea.
Mid July, I spent a long weekend on Vilsandi Island, reachable only by boat. This map in the information centre gives some idea of where I went.
We began by loading our boat with the supplies for the weekend. There are no shops out there and only 2 small guest houses.
Then headed out across the sea.
It was the annual Vilsandi Days, a summer festival similar to a gathering of the clans. My almost ex-boss, Neeme had asked me to help him with spit-roasting a lamb for the Friday picnic.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous - as you can see.
On Saturday, there was a ceremony at the lighthouse with music provided by the Female Choir of the National Library of Estonia and the United Male Choir of Saaremaa**. In the evening there was an out door theatrical presentation and a party - no pictures of those, as I was too tired and having too much fun. Mea culpa.
**with thanks to my friend Raigo for giving me the correct names.
No pictures of the trip back on Sunday as it rained bloody blue cats and fishes with lightening thrown in for good measure.
The island is famous for the many fossils the litter the beaches
So, come and join us some summer. We can have a beer, eat some of the islanders famous smoked fish and watch the sunset over the dunes