Friday, 9 September 2011
Just a selection of photos taken over the last few days. Above the cockerel and one of the hens enjoying the last of the summer sun. Below - feeding time for the chooks..... I began the summer with one cockerel and eight hens. Most of the hens successfully hatched chicks so now I have a flock of about 40! Oops! Some "thining out" needs to take place soon I think.
Meanwhile last Friday the ladies on Graemsay (of which I am not one....) also known as the "Fat Cats Craft Club" (there's the clue - I don't do craft...!) had a sale of craft, bric-a-brac, home bakes and plants. A grand total of over £500 was raised for community funds (theirs and the hall). Amazing! Well done ladies! Some folk came over from the Orkney Mainland and some from Hoy too. There was a light shower of rain but most of the time folk could sit oudoors when they weren't in perusing the goods on sale, or wandering along the shore.
I grew borage in the garden for the first time. It did really well despite some windy day. The bees just loved it.
This summer the swallows have had a very good breeding season here in the barn. There have been about a dozen or so swallows at least flying around in the evening catching insects and midges. They would daily sit on the guttering (rain water pipe) above my study window, or sit on the window ledge too. I loved hearing them screaming around and seeing their wonderful acrobatics. Sadly all is silent now, so I wish them well on their long journey south and bid them "Haste ye back"!
OK these are VERY blurry shots, but trust me, these are swallows!