Last week I went adventuring on the Orkney Mainland and here are a few photos. This is Happy Valley, in the parish of Stenness. Take a few minutes to read the story about Edwin Harrold of Happy Valley on this great local site Happy Valley is a hidden gem, pretty well hidden. And the car park is tiny - just 5 cars able to pull in. It most definitely is off the beaten track and it's deliberate to keep it that way.
Above is the burn that runs through the valley. It's pretty low at the moment as there has been little rain. Something farmers are fretting about. The first silage cut for animal feed is undertaken in early June and it's a very short cut. This cut is often used for the dairy cows as it's very rich. The cow pellet feed they get as a supplement just can't beat proper grass!
A carpet of bluebells just makes my heart sing!
Snuggling under the trees there....
A Monkey Puzzle Tree! Er no not native to Orkney. But doing OK here!
(ahem..... Tom and Rhonda wrote up a tour of Graemsay too if you'd like a little detour after this post. Hee hee! )