The Inverness-shire farm in the centre of the picture is where we lived in the 1960s and '70s. The big white farmhouse we lived in can be partly seen in a sort of "V" among the trees, centre photo. The other white house farther left has been built in later years. In the background are the Cairngorm Mountains and hidden among the trees behind the farm is the village of Nethy Bridge. I think this is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland but not the best place in which to farm due to the unpredictable nature of the River Spey and its tributary the River Nethy which bordered the grounds.
This is Broomhill bridge. a wooden structure, constructed at the end of the 19th century, which crosses the swift flowing Spey not far from the farm. The River Nethy joins the main stream just a few hundred yards upstream from here and this is what causes the trouble. The Nethy rises in the Cairngorms and when there is a sudden thaw of snow from the hills, or torrential rain higher up, this river rises suddenly and because the Spey is already high it cannot empty into it and so floods into the fields. We experienced such a flood in our first summer there, losing most of our hay bales and some sheep in the river.