Well doesn't time fly when you're having fun! I'd never been to St Kilda before so arriving into Village Bay for the first time was a really special moment. Although I'd seen hundreds of photos nothing quite prepares you for the unbelievably dramatic landscape or the sheer number of Cleits (which I'll write about later in the season).
I had two day days to get orientated and then the first Work Party arrived! In at the deep end but luckily Susan Bain (current NTS St Kilda Property Manager, and Archaeologist during 2002-5) was here for a week to help out! Since then I've mostly been working with the Work Party volunteers who have been undertaking vital maintenance on the Cleits, drystane walls, the museum, drains etc. 'Unfortunately' we're experiencing a bit of drought(!) out here so we haven't been able to do any of the turf roofing which was planned – hopefully the necessary repairs will be done in September before the autumn storms begin to bite. If you haven't already check out Tom's entry below for his perspective of a St Kilda Work Party.
Joe and Tom (Work Party 1) repairing part of the Consumption Dyke
Away from work I've had chance to explore and see some of the wildlife - getting really close to puffins when I helped Gina with the survey on Dun and experiencing my first Bonxie attack!
Great Skua (Bonxie) protecting it's nest near the Cambir
I’ve also taken part in my first Scottish Ceilidh (the less said the better....).
Ta ta for now