We are now into the summer months, although the weather doesn’t reflect that today. However, this is the first blip in the weather for at least three weeks.

The beautiful display of the Tower of London poppies that has been at the Cathedral in Kirkwall is now away to its next destination in Perth. Would have liked to have kept them, they are so stunning, but only fair to let as many people see them as possible. They encouraged a lot of people to visit Orkney and with all the other things going on, battle of Jutland remembrance and the Hampshire remembrance, both for the 100th anniversary of the first world war, they were a very fitting addition.

The season has started well for our new gallery with visitors to Orkney and local people. We have met people from all over the world, Hawaii, The Netherlands, Texas, Minnesota to mention a few and lots nearer home too. Its great meeting all these interesting people and getting a good bit of banter going. 😊

The Orkney landscape is looking incredible, crops are growing, cattle are enjoying their freedom after a long winter and the lambs are flourishing, not to mention the wild life. Our little wren nest has fledged, although I do miss all the noise they make. The bluebells have been spectacular and now we are getting a superb display of poppies in the verges. Lupins and foxgloves starting to flower, lots of shrubs and plants around the garden in flower so bees not needing my offerings anymore. The starlings have fledged and are ever demanding following their parents about shouting for food. We still see a few tadpoles in the pond and they are huge, but we are also seen lots of small frogs so think it has been a good year for them. We are severely lacking swallows this year, due to lots of Northerly wind during migration which has stopped them making it this far. Miss them, but as long as they get a good season further south they will return again, so just enjoying the few that have made it and keeping our fingers crossed for future summers.

The long days we have now are giving us some beautiful skies and incredible sunsets. The last full moon was a spectacle too.

Kim (the dog) George (the cat) and our hens are loving the outdoor life too. Kim is greeting visitors and chancing a belly rub. George does what George does best, stretch out in the sun and watch the world go by with not a care in the world and the hens spend hours rooting about all over the place occasionally remember to lay us a very yellow yolked egg that tastes like no other can.

Lots of plans for the coming summer days

  • Clad a wall with blue slates on their side (see how that works out)
  • Build a clay oven
  • Invited to take part in Ness of Brodgar Neolithic dig open days in July and August
  • Judging at Sanday (Michaels home Island) Agriculture and craft show at the beginning of August

Lots to look forward to.

Hope you all have a great summer, lots of sunshine, fun and laughter.

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