Batten Down The Hatches

This afternoon many from the island gathered at the War Memorial in Pier Road for the annual ‘Act of Remembrance’.  Although by three o’clock there was a nip in the air, the day began warm and bright.  So mild that the midges were out!  For most of the day Gott Bay was resplendent in the sunshine.

Tiree's War Memorial.
Tiree’s War Memorial

With hardly a breath of wind it is difficult to believe the forecast for the week ahead.

The Lodge Hotel, Gott Bay
The Lodge Hotel, Gott Bay

Already tomorrow’s ferry has been cancelled due to the anticipated adverse weather and sea conditions. Even although the forecast seems to change by the hour the overall picture for the coming week is of winds possibly gusting to 60mph. At present Monday’s sailing is looking very doubtful. Although originally a nautical phrase, for us ‘battening down the hatches’  means making sure the dustbins are secure, the garden furniture weighed down, the rotary clothes drier safely away, and taking great care when opening the car doors.

Rubha na Seann Charriage
Rubha na Seann Charriage

Listen!
You can hear the wind rising already!