Spring blooms raise some cheer
WITH many people having to stay at home due to the lockdown restrictions, spring has brought some welcome cheer to Caithness with the annual daffodil flourish.
Wick weather watcher Keith Banks sent photographs of the yellow blooms basking in the sunshine outside his home and reported on the rising temperatures which will see many of us head out to the garden.
Keith reported that on Wednesday afternoon the mercury climbed into double figures Celsius with the temperature in Wick peaking at 13.2C (55.8F), making it the warmest day of the year so far.
"The welcome spell of mild weather was the result of high pressure centred over eastern Europe and low pressure to the west of the British Isles," he said.
"This pattern created a southerly airflow across the country that sourced warm air from the region between the Azores and Iberia."
With spring in the air, it's not surprising that many are heading to the garden to tidy it up or even start a new vegetable patch.
Dorothy Allan, the manager of hardware shop Serendipity in Thurso, has been doing home deliveries of seeds and other gardening necessities.
Despite being allowed to stay open as a key business, according to the Government guidelines, she decided to close her shop this week.
"It was morally the right reason for the sake of the staff and customers, I felt," Dorothy said.
On Saturday, she said that the shop had been doing a brisk trade in gardening equipment and is continuing to sell a lot of seeds, compost and chemicals for the soil as doorstep deliveries.
"We can supply other items normally found in a hardware store such as cleaning products but the gardening side has been doing really well."
Dorothy said that she sold out of seed potatoes just before the shop closed its Rotterdam Street premises this week and feels that many people might be using their time at home to start up their own vegetable patches.
"It's a good time to be out in the garden and benefits your mental health too," she added.
Serendipity has a Facebook page for further details at www.facebook.com/serendipity.thurso/ and can be contacted on 077368 47635