A Leap Backwards

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one, except February alone,
Which has 28 days . . . and 29 each Leap Year.

White horses in the Passage of Tiree
White horses in the Passage of Tiree

Our calendar does not exactly correspond to the earth’s orbit around the sun.
In a ‘common’ year the calendar advances by one day each year.
But in a leap year the calendar leaps two days forward.
February 29th thus help correct calendar drift.

Today the leap feels like one giant leap backwards.
Although not quite the spring like days of the south.
Over the past week we have enjoyed mainly bright sunny days.
In fact, on Saturday, it was also unbelievably silent and still – calm!

Calm Water on Saturday
Calm Water on Saturday

Sunday was bright but by evening the wind was making its presence known.
After the calm, it felt almost uncanny to hear the wind rising.
Today it is grey, damp and windy.

Surveying the Scene - Scarinish Harbour
Surveying the Scene – Scarinish Harbour

With the wind gusting up to 48mph
The ferry had to turn back before reaching Tiree.
The ‘Lord of the Isles’  did not attempt to berth at either Coll or Tiree.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.