Tropical Tiree

From Sunrise to Sunset and beyond.  It has been a day when you sense that adjectives are inadequate to described what you have experienced. The sun that had painted the sky the evening before returned to paint the morning sky with breath-taking hues. The sun that had kissed the ‘Mighty Clansman’ goodnight welcomed the return of the ferry with a good morning kiss on the other cheek.

A walk from Scarinish to Parkhouse (Balephetrish) included a reminder of the range of the tides at present. It was as if the waters of Gott Bay had taken fright. It was pleasing to see a new style giving quick access to the beach. Arriving at Parkhouse there was the Palm Tree and beyond the blue waters of the Atlantic. It felt like ‘Tropical Tiree’ with the sun warm and bright, especially as this is the month of October.

The afternoon included an ascent of Beinn Hough (119) in the company of friends. It began with the walk up Choc an Fhithich (113) with its communication masts, traversing to the Beinn, although this involved a descent and ascent, before finally descending to Hough house and returning to the cars.

Our evening  meal was eaten in a room it by the glow of the setting sun. Then it was off to An Talla (the community hall) for an evening of foot tapping music. It was the ‘TMSA Young Trad Tour 2014’ featuring the finalists and winners of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. There was Alistair Ian Paterson (Bishopton) piano, Ian Smith (Tiree) accordion, Jack Badcock (Edinburgh) guitar and vocals, Mhairi Marwick (Fochabers) fiddle, Neil Ewart (Ardnamuchan) fiddle, and last year’s winner Paddy Callaghan (Glasgow) accordion and comic. Sadly this year’s winner, the vocalist Robyn Stapleton, was unable to be present. Skill, Wit and Brilliance!

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With the Bible Song-writer, we can say  . . .  Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord
[From Psalm 150]