Our own ‘Home Coming’ was on Thursday,
when we returned from holiday on the verdant Isle of Colonsay.
The previous evening in Oban we enjoyed a magnificent sunset
but our arrival on Tiree was greeted by rain and threatening grey skies.
The morning of Saturday, the 21st of May, began damp and grey.
Not the most promising start for those arriving for the ‘Home Coming’.
However, as the ferry berthed the sun tried to break through the clouds.
Many islanders and early arrivals for A’ Bhuain provided a warm welcome.
At the approach to the pier the St Andrew’s Flag was flying.
Down on the pier two pipers were on the ready.
Also present was the official photographer.
A lone gull provided a flypast for the Clansman.
For those on the observation deck the view was clear.
Before them was Kirkapol, the Lodge Hotel, Glebe House and the Manse.
With the Clansman alongside the pier, gangway up and the ramp down,
residents, visitors and those arriving for A’ Bhuain began coming ashore
to be greeted by the two pipers.
For some it is time to get quickly to their accommodation.
For others there’s time to get one for the album.
There’s a busy week ahead for those on the island for the Home Coming.
There will be reunions, visits to the heritage centre and memories to store.
As the pier cleared there was a hint that the sun might shine in the coming days.
Once again the Clansman has served the community well.
This week’s news is that she is safe in CalMac’s care.
The Logo, the Flags remain.
And after all the excitement a lone fishermen continues to toil.