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Orkney has had a very difficult period of wet and cold weather this year.  There will be far reaching consequences as cattle were very late out and some farmers had to sell as they did not have enough grass.  Some farmers have even had to take cattle back into the byres as they were making so much mess in the wet fields. The crops have not grown as they should and therefore there will be a reduction in the quantity and quality of winter fodder made on the islands.  This will impact on the number of cattle that can be over wintered.  We have already ordered a load of straw to be shipped from the mainland to help see us through the winter.  Today we are very relieved as we have harvested our silage crop.  

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Balfour Castle, Shapinsay

Summer arrived last Saturday 27th June after a very long spell of wet and cold weather.  Luckily we had a family birthday party to attend in Shapinsay, a small island about 20 mins from Kirkwall.  We took the regular ferry out and had a lovely time with bbq, live band and catch up with family and friends.  We left Shapinsay at 10pm to return home on a small charter boat and enjoyed the most beautiful crossing as the sun was setting.  Magical!

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Geoff and Jordan with flatfish

Unexpected catch of the day!  Our guests have come all the way from Somerset expecting to catch brown trout.  They were fishing at Esselmont Bay at the north end of the Harray Loch when the line went tight, but got a surprise when a flat fish landed at their feet!  For those of you who don't know, the Harray Loch is not directly connected to the sea so I am guessing that it lost its way to arrive so far away from salt water.  It must have travelled up through the Stenness Loch and then into Harray Loch.  

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Newbigging Orkney Self Catering

A tasteful cottage located in peaceful farmland with spectacular views. Only 3 miles from local amenities and many of the historical sites are within a 15 minute drive.