When you are this far north on planet earth, the sun only sets for a wee while in summer. In Norway and Iceland it never sets and as for the north pole well NEVER is a strong word that applies whether its winter or summer i.e. never rises in winter and never sets in summer.
But where does the sun set if it sets at all? Is it in the west? Well that’s what we’ve all assumed. However, it does depend on the time of year and on Skye the place you decide to watch it can depend on the season. Obviously Neist Point is a brilliant place to watch the sun go down as it is the most westerly promontory on Skye. But if you want drama in the form of a stack with reflections and the sea, Talisker Bay (due west) is a great place to watch this event in January. Then if you turn around just before it drops below the horizon, Preshal Mor puts on an amazing display.
During summer the sun sets in north west so to get a truly fabulous sunset, the very northern tip of Skye would afford a stunning view. The Red Cuillin give a similar display to Preshal Mor in the summer, something we can enjoy from our front lawn.
Yesterday was fabulous, warm and sunny with a bit of a breeze. just perfect summer weather actually. A good time to pick a few Blackcurrants from our overloaded bushes. A good day to sow some seeds in the raised beds – this time its carrots and spinach. The spinach didn’t grow properly the last time I tried, but that was in a standard veg bed where the soil is obviously nutrient poor – make a note to self ‘compost this bed once its empty, leave it over winter and then start again with it in the spring’.
So far I’ve picked 4lbs. – in old money – of Blackcurrants, so I made some jam yesterday – it was a busy day. Home made jam, especially from our garden, goes down really well with my guests at breakfast and this year it looks as if we will certainly out-pick last years crop as we have barely begun to harvest them.
I know I’ve said this before, but I love fruit and veg fresh from the garden; broad beans & sprouting broccoli at the moment. Soon there will be onions, then potatoes and tomatoes – yum! I see on the horizon, tomato chutney, which reminds me that if our chilli’s produce a crop this year, we might even have a chilly chutney for sandwiches. Oohh! double Yum!
Had to do a bit of mercy staking earlier as, the with the change in the wind direction the sweet peas had partly blown over. I picked a few of the blooms that had come out already and put them in our breakfast room. The smell in there now is delectable.
Everything is getting a battering outside but at least it serves a purpose – it enables me to see where it is best to plant certain crops and flowers next year and what changes have to be made – if at all – to make next years yields even better.
As I finish writing the storm has passed, and the sun is putting on a watery display over Marsco, so I doubt there will be a sunset that we can see tonight, but you never know – after all this is Skye – anything can happen ;-/