My favourite thing at this time of year is trying to guess the sunsets – will it be dramatic, gentle, overcast or incredible. This evening we got incredible. It is after 1am and there is still wonderful colour in the sky. I am staying up in the hope I might see the nocti-luscent clouds which are a phenomena at this time of year.
Yesterday Farmer moved the cattle into the field we call Wigwam 1. (there was a wigwam in it once upon a time). This field is knee deep in wild flowers and lush grass. The cattle are really important in helping us maintain and improve the diversity of flora in the fields, because of the way they indiscriminately graze. They do not sniff out the sweetest orchid or vetch, as the sheep would. They just munch as they go, and reduce the height of the sward to a better level. They have their work cut out in Wigwam 1! This evening Farmer and I went down to see how they were settling in to the new grazing. They seemed very happy.
Last night’s sunset wasn’t bad either in fact. I was driving home from Ulva Ferry and the light up Loch Tuath was wonderful, soft pastel skies over the Treshnish Isles.
Then as I got over the hill at Burg, the view out to the Outer Isles was superb.
Dropping down towards the turning on to the farm at Ensay, the light was catching the cotton grass so beautifully.
Then the sun finally disappeared behind the Isle of Coll, just after I reached home.
And as I was going to bed, I noticed there were some wonderful clouds in the colourful night sky. It was nearly 2am!