Dark nights and cold weather may have arrived, but I’m still traveling through the Orkney islands and on the North coast 500 route of Scotland, it’s May and June 2017.
This was once the private home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother, the Castle of Mey. It is now open to the public.
We arrived early, before the gates were open,
the drive looks like you are arriving at a fairy tale castle, I’m sure in a certain light these trees could look a little menacing, but paved with daisies, they look enchanting. I whiled away the time chatting to a robin, who posed in the hawthorn blossom
The Queen Mother fell in love with this place, when she was mourning the death of her husband, it was derelict. But not now, its rather beautiful, you could just imagine the Queen Mum, floating around the gardens of a summer morning with the corgis in tow.
The house is open to the public, but you can’t take photos, for copyright and security reasons we were told, which I can understand: undoubtedly there is a good dollop of ‘set dressing’ for the benefit of the public, but it is non the less an interesting view of her home.
We dodged the showers, to tour the gardens, which are gorgeous,
Look, light and flowers, they seem like a distant memory already.
I have to show you the rhubarb, magnificent, but then everywhere in the far north of Scotland, from derelict crofts to royal residences seems to, the most handsome rhubarb.
A feature of many fields in the area, are slabs of stone used as walls, I do like a nice stone wall, these are stood to attention, as one might expect, those of the field were rather less regular.
The veg patch was on a grand scale.
And the ‘scarecrows’ had a vernacular style!