Sunday, 26 June 2016
More summer photos....
This morning I was putting factor 50 sun screen on (I'm fair-haired and burn easily) and set off to the garden to do battle with creeping buttercup. This afternoon I came in with rain dripping off my nose after what I thought was a light shower turned into more persistent rain. Ah well I did succeed clearing one border of the cheeky buttercup! So now it's a cup of tea and time to blog. Here are some photos taken over the last week or so around Graemsay.
The longest day has now past (sobs quietly), but sunset is still about 10.30 pm and sunrise about 4am so on a clear night it really doesn't get that dark. Below is a poor picture taken at 2.15 a.m from my study window. Sun rising behind Hoy High lighthouse.
Everything is growing really rapidly now with the long days, warmth and a few rain showers. Lots of the flowers are blooming in the garden. Here's a yellow columbine. In Orkney columbines (aquelegia) are known a Granny's bonnets. You can see why - this would be Granny's Sunday Best I would think!
The verges along the road are full of wildflowers and this year the cow parsley and buttercups are doing particularly well.
Looking over Sandside Bay to Quoys and Garson.
Lots of marsh and health orchids blooming. In Orkney this particular Orchid is known as "Adam", it's paler counterpart is known as "Eve".
Again they are all along the verges and I even have some in my grass at the back of the house.
Now for a wander along our island "main" road. Cow parsley and maran grass line the banks.
On the other side of one of the banks is a wonderful display of the cow parsley
And further up what passes for a hill on Graemsay we get a lovely view back across Sandside Bay to my house and the lighthouse!
Zoom in a little bit....
And a little bit closer. The hills in the background are the Orphir hills on the Orkney Mainland.
Across the hill and a field of buttercups is Quoynanapp with the Hoy hills in the background.
Heading back home now and the lambs are looking chunky and growing fast. They are enjoying feeling the sun on their backs.
And the house is in sight, hope Button has put the kettle on! Who wants tea? There is lemon drizzle cake too, freshly iced :-)