It’s November!

Black Friday when the sky frequently turned blank
has given way to sunny Saturday and Sunday
and what a delight both days have been.
No wonder the sheep are sun bathing!

A rainbow over Ruaig
A rainbow over Ruaig

Over the weekend the air has been remarkably still.
There has hardly been a breath of wind.
The temperature has been low.
(5 °C dropping to 1.3 °C and perhaps lower tonight)
However, due to the absence of wind it has not felt cold.

Glebe House from Gott Bay
Glebe House, surrounded by autumn colours, from Gott Bay

Although not the sunniest place in the UK on Saturday
Tiree was the sunniest location in Strathclyde
and might well be such today, Sunday.

Snow capped Ben More part obscured by cloud cover
Snow capped Ben More – part obscured by cloud cover

On Saturday Tiree appeared to have its own micro climate.
The mountains on neighbouring islands were covered with clouds.
Only occasionally were we granted a view of the snow capped peaks.
Yet, here on the Isle of Tiree we enjoyed pleasant sunshine and blue skies.

Rum as viewed from the Lighthouse at Scarinish Old Harbour
Rum as viewed from the Lighthouse at Scarinish Old Harbour

Today, Sunday, we had clear views of Rum,
the Isle of Mull and even more distant peaks,
and fifty miles away the snow capped Paps of Jura.

Mobile camera view of Ben More from An Talla, Crossapol at 10:2
Mobile camera view of Ben More from An Talla, Crossapol at 10:25

Sitting in doors the sun on your back felt quite warm.
By 3:30pm with the sun dropping it was cooling fast.
However, the setting sun had a real pulling power.
A walk was definitely called for.

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Surely this was the most enjoyable sunset in the past few weeks.
Bathed by the setting sun, Tiree was transformed.
Dull greens and browns were lit up.

Ben More’s snow capped peak was flood lit.
The snow reflected the colour of the setting sun.
What a pleasure to walk the length of the pier gazing over to Mull.

Beyond the neighbouring island of Coll lie the Small Isles.
From various vantage points you can see Egg and Rum.
From Scarinish Rum appears part of our island.
Tonight its snow capped peaks were glowing.

Leaving the pier we headed up Pier Road.
It was hard not to stop and exclaim …
“Look at Ben More!”
“Look at that sky!”

The sun had long since set.
Venus appeared in the sky above.
It was difficult to leave all this behind.
However, in doors a warm cup of coffee beckoned.

Scarinish Post Office
Scarinish Post Office

“Let’s not draw the curtains just yet.”

A fishing boat with the Paps of Jura in the background
A fishing boat with the Paps of Jura in the background

For those at sea the work continues into the night.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ on a sunny November weekend.