Friday 31 August 2012
Of sunsets, chickens and eggs...
.... or should that be "Of sunsets, eggs and chickens"??! Above is the sunset last night. Beautiful after a couple of blustery and rainy days. Though sadly it now sets behind the point of Graemsay, rather than over on the West Mainland. Autumn approaches. I should rejoice in the changing of the seasons, but we haven't had the most wonderful of summers in Orkney, nor indeed the UK, so it's sad to see the approach of autumn and winter in the sun. Ho hum......
Now to the hens...... I was out inspecting wind damage in the garden today, and of course the girls had to come along too and give their opinion!
I found both these eggs in a nest today. I think the wee one was laid by mistake! Although hens lay one egg a day they will have several smaller eggs inside which increase in size before being laid. Not sure what happened to this one! Sometimes a young hen coming into lay for the first time will lay a small egg, but I've never seen one THIS small!
I mentioned a walk in the garden. It's been a battle this summer what with the cooler temperatures, less sun, and quite a fair bit of wind and rain. I'll post pictures of the garden in a few days time. But for now here is one of my favourite plants - I've forgotten it's name! But it is just starting to flower. It's a bit like a thistle but not!
And this is a Blackbird - not sure if this is a juvenile or a female. I love the lichen on the garden wall, and there's a fuschia and a willow tree just peeping over from outside the garden.
Meanwhile, Thursday evening is time for the Stromness Sailing Club to take to the water. It was a bit breezy last night so they didn't stray far from the harbour.