Well here I am, back for another St Kildan summer season of fun and frivolity - and a bit of serious stuff too no doubt. The first week saw me reaquainting myself with old friends on the island as have been many of the arriving seabirds.
The fulmars here no doubt discussing future parenting arrangements!
The first human visitors of the season turned up a day behind my own arrival. The MS Quest, a converted Greenland ferry and the tall ship Wylde Swan landed their passengers early on Sunday morning. Seemingly moved by the experience one of the Wylde Swan passengers delivered an impromptu bagpipe solo,leaving no doubt that the visitor season had begun.
The Wylde Swan made two visits in my first week on island and I look forward to the return of this picturesque vessel and its friendly crew in the future. One of the passengers was a reporter from Radio Neptune, a community radio station in Brittany. I was interviewed and will take up the invite to visit them as soon as this season is over.
New life is appearing all over the island; not only the arrival of Puffins as I write. Soay ewes are lambing now with their small and curious offspring exploring their surrounds.
They are staggering to thei feet for first milk within minutes and soon exploring carefully watched over by Mum. After a few days to give ewe and lamb time to properly bond, the Soay sheep research team tag the ears of the new lambs for future reference in their unique population study. For a start no other experience but finding out what life on St Kilda is all about - I wish I knew!