The weather on the other hand, did NOT claim to be so cheery - the met office told me:
Sun 24 Jul - Orkney Weather
Time Weather Temp Wind Visibility Dir Speed Gust
1300 13 °C NNW 27 mph 37 mph Very Good
1600 12 °C NNW 24 mph 36 mph Good
1900 11 °C NNW 22 mph 36 mph Good
2200 11 °C NNW 19 mph 30 mph Moderate
Although on Monday it will be a bit warmer................ nearly 14 degree not really very warm, but better!
Mon 25 Jul
0700 11 °C NNW 15 mph 25 mph Good
1000 12 °C NNW 15 mph Very Good
1300 13 °C NNW 16 mph Very Good
1600 14 °C NNW 17 mph Very Good
1900 13 °C NW 14 mph 24 mph Very Good
However, can't grumble too much, its also been full of visiting tall ships and lots of elderflower coridal being made as our elderflowers are flowering like crazy at the moment, a great recipe here from a kind fellow blogger, thank you! And, I got to go to a garden with the lovely purple cut leaved elder - very pretty, more about that later..............
The beginning of the week was full of vibrant life and visitors, and a wonderful energetic toddler, driving on the mower (the tiddler called it a tractor, who am I to argue?), vigorously collecting eggs (we didn't break many!) and alot of walking and exploring, both indoors (at a play place, full of shiny balls and fun) and also outdoors, including wearing wellies, spashing in puddles and at the beach after fish and chips for tea!
I don't have many photos of these, as, um, I was very busy, um, driving tractors and making silly noises and splashing and silly stuff as an Aunty, its my duty to splash and do silly stuff and beep beep when driving the tractor, for no real reason up the drive and down again. OK, we did need to give the mower a drive to keep it running (right?!) and to get a bit wet at the beach, and OK it was cold, but at the beach, splashing is compulsary, right?
This week was also the15th birthday for the absent cellist who's 1000's of miles away in France, Happy birthday to my favourite girl, we'll make you a cake when home, 2 week in France gone, 4 week to go til they come home (not that I'm counting you understand)! Yay! Being a single parent sometimes means you miss out on many birthdays and often many christmas's too, it sucks but then again, I get all the everyday good bits too, and they do need time with their other family. I do miss them though! Happy Birthday girlie, more adventures again soon when you're home xx
And, of course at the end of the week, the news of a very horrible tragedy for our near neighbours and close friends in Norway, what a horrible thing to happen, I thought the way Sian thoughtfully put up a few words here was very poingnant. Thank you to her for that, I've lit a candle too and am thinking of those poor folk in Norway.
Wonder what the next week will bring, hopefully more peace in the world and perhaps, selfishly a little more warmth here!