The Opening Ceremony is tonight and the radio and TV is whipping everyone up into a frenzy! I'm sure it will be a great event, Britain does pagentry rather well :-) It's wonderful for all the UK athletes to be competing on "home soil" and I wish them all the very best and may their dreams come true. It is also something that many athletes (I use the term in it's broadest sense) the world over have been working towards and again I wish them well. It will also be fantastic for those involved in any shape or form at the Olympic venues, and for many sports fans. But I'm not a fan of watching Sport, no not even the Olympics on home ground (and frankly the mascot looks a bit creepy!). So apart from watching the Opening Ceremony (if only to see sheep and cattle grazing in Central London!) and some of the equestrian events, it will pass me by as the others have done. To those of you who enjoy watching the Olympics - have a good time! I'll see you in a few weeks - tee hee!
Orkney *was* included in the torch relay, and indeed a friend of mine ran with it. Again it was great for those who participated. I didn't SEE the relay because it was scheduled to arrive and leave on a day before any of the boats from the isles would get into the Orkney Mainland! The scheduling was due to it needing to go up to Shetland and then on somewhere else in one day. But hey - it came here and lots of people were pleased it did.......
So, to the photo above, which is of a tiny flower called Primula Scotica. This tiny flower grows in the UK only in the very north of the Scottish Mainland, in the county of Caithness, and in Orkney. A friend, J, took the photo on the cliffs at Yesnaby. I've blogged about this before in 2009, but thought I'd share this lovely photo. The other wee flower is called "self-heal" which is also a small plant but looks huge in comparison to Primula Scotica!