So much so, in fact, that it is said that Orkney has no trees. The picture below gives the lie to this, but perhaps also has *a little* bit to say about the breezes we have.
One of the many, though perhaps less frequently mentioned, reasons people come to visit and enjoy Orkney is the pollution-free, fresh, clean air that get pumped into one's lungs.
This picture, not taken by me for a change, but by a Facebook friend, was brilliantly entitled by her "In Stromness, what direction does the wind mainly blow?"
Photo by Joanna Wood, used with permission
It's a slightly different story here in St Margaret's Hope. When we step out onto the waterfront or into the village here, one can often be fooled into thinking the day is a lot less breezy than one imagines. The Hope is in a sheltered position: in winter gales, one can get quite a surprise on reaching the top of the hill when leaving the village as suddenly a blast of the real winds whips at one!
I like to take photos and am fond of clichés - so I'll say I find them to be worth a thousand words.