THE ISLAND OF HOY


                                            Ward  Hill – the highest point in the OrkneysHoy m 24-11-2014 21-58-10

                                                      Rackwick Valley – here comes the rain
                                             The famous sea stack – the Old Man Of Hoy
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                                    The Hill Of The White Hamars with yellow flowers

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                                        The glen route to Rackwick

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                                         A lazy sunny day in beautiful Rackwick BayRackwick recrop pica The Cras Nest Museum is a traditional Croft house and Steading dating from the early 18th century. The house has two box beds and a dresser; the steading includes a byre and a barn with a kiln used for drying oats
                   The Rackwick Bay bothy – a free if basic shelter just below the attractive hostel.
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The girl with the blue and red tattoo


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went to the gym
in my brand new addidas trainers
white Primark socks
black short-sleeved M&S shirt
blue JC Sport shorts

spent 3 minutes
on the stationary  bike
1 mile

watching the C4 weather forecast 
gusts of 90mph  sweeping over the Pentland Firth

2 minutes on the rowing machine

watching the weight-lifting slip of a girl
with  a blue and red tattoo
on her left shoulder
expand contract expand contract
15 calories

2 minutes on the slalom exerciser

with a view from the window
of passing students leaning into the wind and the rain

then sit-ups sitting down on my favourite

the red medicine ball
5 10 20 25 30 35 40 42
enough enough

then the  abdominal exerciser


then the  lower-back exerciser


the outer-thigh exerciser


the  inner-thigh  exerciser


then the torture of the tedious treadmill  

5 final furious minutes
heart-rate 110
watch the Vermeer girl with the white earphones
ignore the left calf pain
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42 calories
enough

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enough enough enough

10 minutes showering
drying
dressing
pause to watch the girl with the tattoo

then out through the revolving door
into the wind
into the rain
clean

purified
virtuous
reinvented.

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