Life on Tiree is to say the least, ‘interesting!’ Long gone are the calm, sunny, winter days of November and December. With the New Year has come a pattern of stormy weather.
The storm that broke on the evening of Thursday 8th January and lasted through the night has heralded stormy weather. Personally, we suffered loss of power for a few hours during the night, but some homes were cut off for much longer. The SSE/Hydro workforce have to be thanked for their speedy restoration of supplies.
Although there was some doubt over Thursday’s sailing, the MV “Lord of the Isles’ did manage to berth at Tiree. Sadly for the neighbouring island of Coll, the ferry was unable to berth, trapping some Tiree residents. Thankfully, Hebridean Airways provided an extra, unscheduled flight on Friday.
Today, due to the adverse weather, the ferry was cancelled, as has Sunday’s sailing. The weather forecast for Monday means the boat is on an Amber Alert, and it is not looking promising for the rest of the week. Without a delivery today the shop’s shelves are starting to look bare!
Tiree has been spared the really destructive winds experienced on the Isle of Lewis (113mph), the wind here peaked on Friday morning at 78mph. Today winds have been gusting into the 60s, bringing with them, glimpses of the sun, driving hail showers and dark, dark skies. Bracing weather for a walk!
The Bible’ song writer states,
Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world.
They, too, observed the Lord’s power in action,
his impressive works on the deepest seas.
He spoke, and the winds rose,stirring up the waves.
Their ships were tossed to the heavens
and plunged again to the depths;
the sailors cringed in terror.
They reeled and staggered like drunkards
and were at their wits’ end.
“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.
What a blessing was that stillness
as he brought them safely into harbour!
Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation
and before the leaders of the nation.