Orkney is currently going through a teenage phase, at least weather speaking anyway. We are having to deal with daily mood swings at the moment and the occasional slam of the bedroom door. The title is an old proverb basically meaning ‘don’t take your coat off until end of May’ Yesterday we woke up to snow. Not … More Ne’er Cast a Clout ‘Till May be Out
Dear Orkney I’m sorry for all the mean stuff I said about you when I was fed up of it being a permanent state of Winter, full of hateful wind, rain, ice and snow. Today you totally got your act together and sent me a beautiful and gloriously sunny spring day so I could indulge … More Dear Orkney
I have just driven home witnessing the most spectacular display of Northern Lights. The entire sky was lit up in glorious pinks and greens and it’s the perfect weather for such a display (though regrettably not ideal for driving) It feels like the coldest it’s been all winter. The poor hen’s water is frozen but … More Mothers and Friends
Stop stressing that I just started a sentence with ‘and’, it’s fine, I don’t care because at last, I have snowdrops. This tiny little white flower means a lot to me because I can finally believe that the long winter is over and we can start thinking about spring. I have a few patches … More And suddenly there were snowdrops.
I was supposed to be going out to gardening club tonight but I didn’t. The weather is so truly hideous that in the end I decided to embrace my inner middle aged rebellion and bunk off gardening club. How naughty. However I did have to go and lock up the hens and I wasn’t very happy about … More The world’s most expensive egg
The weather continues to be beyond hideous. Just the journey from the house to the tumble dryer in the garage whilst carrying the washing was an extreme sport. I nearly lost several items of laundry to other islands. Maybe that’s where all the odd socks in our house really go to, they get carried off by the wind as I journey back and forth to the washing line or tumble dryer … More You are not alone, you have yourself.
Growing up in the Midlands I spent my life wishing I could live by the sea. I only ever saw the ocean on our summer holidays where we spent several hours driving to the coast, three of us packed into the back of our car like sardines with mum reading the AA directions off a … More Living the dream
Winter drags on, occasionally misleading us that it’s over by producing a beautiful sunny morning or even day, but quickly returns to biting winds and sleety showers. Today’s photo was taken from my bedroom window late last summer; I remember including the frame just to prove it really was from my window. It’s good to … More View from the window
‘The hens made a bid for freedom , there’s one on the field and two on the west wall down by the new shed’ This was the text I received from Orkney Beef earlier today. How I wish I could’ve been there to witness the comical scenes of him running around a field trying to … More Life and light
In Orkney you can often get four seasons in a day. The cold snap continues and the day started with a smattering of snow, enough to create pretty looking scenery while the chickens huddled together and continued their egg laying strike while looking at me with their ‘clean up our house and give us food in … More There’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing.