Friday, February 28, 2014

Watched the Aurora Borealis.....WOW

The 'Aurora Borealis'also known as the Northern Lights, gave one of its best displays for ten years last night due to a cloudless and starry night sky. This spectacular phenomenon is caused by electrically charged particles originating from solar winds leaving the Sun. On entering the Earth's atmosphere they cause gas atoms in the sky to glow in a dramatic display of colours ranging through the spectrum of greens, pinks, reds and purples. The display was seen over wide ranging parts of the UK from Wick in N.Scotland as far south as Jersey. It was also seen in N.Ireland, Essex,Gloucestershire, Norfolk and S.Wales.
Click here for dramatic photos from BBC News
Click here for YouTube footage from Sutherland in N.Scotland.
Ali was out working and phoned to tell us to go up to Whitebridge and watch the display. It was amazing and is due to occur again tonight.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Our ponies in the sunshine

This week we have had a slight smattering of snow at lower levels but lots of snow has been falling on higher ground and the ski centres are really busy. The temperature today is a pleasant 7C and our two ponies have been enjoying the warmth of the sunshine. Oden, the small Shetland pony and Rummy, the larger Highland pony from the Isle of Rum enjoy each others company and run around the field together.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Snow scenes

The weather has been very placid in the Highlands this winter and such a marked contrast to other parts of the UK which has endured terrible rain and high winds. We have had snow on the high ground over 1000 feet but none at lower levels...yet. However some fleeting snow showers are forecast for this weekend. Scenic scenes all round.