Monday, 7 September 2009

Another part of my world.

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.

This view, looking back towards Broomhill Bridge, shows the flooded fields on the left of the road. I saw this on Sunday, the result of the recent prolonged downpour of several days.

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Sylvia K said...

What a lovely place! And what beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing!

Have a great week!


mountain.mama said...

That first shot is really beautiful when enlarged. And the wooden bridge is something not often seen. Floods are no fun, though.

Carver said...

Thanks for showing us such a beautiful part of the world.

Snap said...

Beautiful place. Too bad about the flooding. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

Rinkly Rimes said...

The mountains look fabulous and the whole area so peaceful.

Arija said...

What a difference geography makes. You have too much water, we have much too little.
A lovely countryside. Where are you farming now?

SandyCarlson said...

A very beautiful view! Thanks for the story, too.

Janie said...

What a beautiful countryside. I love the mountains. I can see that farming with unpredicatble floodwaters would be difficult, though.