Another lovely walk yesterday, around our favourite Cluny House Gardens. Very warm and threatening a thunder storm. Drops of rain began to fall as we arrived but we managed to stay relatively dry under the foliage and just made it back to the car before the rain tap was really turned on. Everywhere very green with some rhododendrons still in flower, foxgloves in abundance, giant lilies and the magnificent remains of last years seed heads, dainty lilies, meconopsis, orchids, candelabra primulas and much more. Including a tree full of ‘paper hankies’!!
We had an away day yesterday, complete with picnic. A rare adventure for us on a Sunday! Binny Plants was our destination and what a delight it is to always see such wonderful plants there and be able to add some to our garden. It was a very warm day (a rarity this June!) and there were Bumble bees, Honey bees and Hoverflies all busy on the flowers but especially the paeonies.
I went to Harris intending to purchase only one length of tweed, for a specific project – a bed cover for a beautiful Arts & Crafts design bed. Knew exactly the colours and design of tweed that I was looking for and found that in Stornoway. But then I just couldn’t resist the lovely bright colours, and different designs, of the three lengths I bought at Shawbost Weavers. Then my willpower failed again – twice!- when I saw, in Tarbert, the muted colours of a tweed that matched perfectly with the three bright ones, and I spotted the deeper blue tweed in a weave I really like and already have in some other colours.
The expansive tidal flats at Luskentyre are a favourite dog walking location but when the tide turns you need to be on your guard because the area soon disappears under water. When you walk other beaches you notice how they change from year to year, as a result of storms.
At Northton the view has altered considerably in a relatively short time. The large expanse of bay, beyond the croft fields, used to empty completely at low tide but not any more. There is now a permanent lagoon at the head of the bay, a result of a sand bar, being built up by the storms, at the sea end of the bay. In these meadows at Northton is the only place we have ever heard a Corncrake.
We were amazed at the numerous expanses of yellow flag iris in flower, often accompanied by carpets of sunshine yellow marsh marigolds. Small meadow areas displayed a mixture of flowers but this was the only orchid we saw.
We revisited three of my favourite ‘rusty ruins’ and were saddened to see the inevitable further deterioration of the one at Quidinish but the one on Scalpay appeared to have fared slightly better. The rich ‘rusty’ coloured roof, with the ragged edge, atop the damp stone walls providing a growing habitat for delicate ferns, is in a very sheltered location that will save it from the worst of any storm damage. A new find was the old post office, by the shore at Manish,
Just returned from another great holiday on Harris/Lewis. The weather was extremely variable – from warm and sunny to wild, windy, bitterly cold and wet – but, as usual we went prepared for all conditions and actually managed to avoid getting wet. The golfer even managed to play 18 holes, on a less than perfect day, but the rain stayed away for just long enough and he has played there before in much windier conditions. The scenery is spectacular, whatever the weather, and there was only the one day when there was not blue sky and sunshine at some time. The dreaded midges appeared only once, on the only very warm and very calm evening, and they were out in force so we beat a hasty retreat indoors.