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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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It's the middle of January and Scotland is snowbound as we prepare to travel up to Birsay tomorrow. That makes us think ahead to our summer garden at Annie's Place, our self-catering property looking across Birsay Bay. The garden which our guests enjoy from May to October will be ablaze with summer flowers: bright marigolds, marguerites, crocosmia ......and Snow in Summer, a lovely border of white which falls across our

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