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 After some rather bleak weather across the UK these past few days, the sun re-appeared over Birsay Bay throughout today and this evening: just in time for the Easter holidays and our next guests' arrival. It has been such a beautiful day for us to start tidying the garden once we had finished preparing Annie's Place for our Easter guests. They left home in snow and arrived to see a view

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Spring was in the air two days ago in Orkney and Birsay Bay before the current "Beast from the East" arrived to blast us all with snow! However, so far Orkney has avoided the Red Alert being issued for large parts of Mainland Scotland. Contrary to many people's expectations of the Northern Isles, we are not always blasted with the worst of the weather! Despite the snow, we are looking forward to

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St Valentine's Eve - February....and it's still snowing in Scotland.  Our January blog recorded early snow in Birsay Bay.   When we first arrived at The Old Manse, (St Magnus Kirk, Palace, Birsay) in 2009, our good neighbour Bertie recalled 1948 as the last occasion when he could remember snow falling on our garden.   Seventy years later, the first daffodils are peeping through the soil at Annie's Place, only to

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