It was one of these evenings when you wanted to linger outdoors and stay and watch the ever changing sky. You were hesitant to go indoors as the sky morphed from blue to almost black by going through all the colours of the setting sun. On Friday and Saturday we had letter-box sunsets. On both […]Read more "One Of These Evenings"
Sunrise this morning on Tiree was at 4:54. First-light, however, was considerably earlier. The previous evening the gloaming continued long after sunset. It is quite a thought. – The longest hours of daylight are still 4 weeks away. There was a stillness to the island as I slipped out of the house. It certainly felt […]Read more "A New Day Dawns"
The Hebridean Islands off Scotland’s West Coast are frequently described as remote by many who live on the Mainland. The Isle of Tiree is about 4 hours by ferry from the Mainland port of Oban and a further 3 hours by coach from Glasgow. As the events of this past week have sadly demonstrated, we may […]Read more "Remote But Not Removed"
Thanks to all who have given us bird feeders as presents. They have been a great source of education and entertainment. Sparrows may be in decline on the Mainland but not in our garden. It was a misty, damp morning. But we are hungry. Back and forth to the feeder to collect a seed. Open […] […]Read more "Fledgling Feeding Time"
The day began with bright, warm sunshine. However, early in the afternoon the rain arrived. It is welcomed by crofters and farmers for the grass is slow growing. In the past weeks there has been the occasional shower. However, for the most part we have enjoyed blue skies. So a wee reminder of Monday evening’s sunset. […]Read more "A Wee Reminder"
Dark skies prevailed on Saturday morning. Our guests were unperturbed and undeterred. They chose to visit Milton before going on to Salum. They returned enthusing over the dramatic scene before them. The scene they captured was like a black and white photograph. How different the afternoon. We arrived at the Farmhouse Cafe in warm sunshine. […]Read more "A Fresh Perspective"
It is Thursday. A decision has to be made. Where shall we walk this afternoon? Let’s climb Beinn Hough but where shall we start? Looking back on it, we made the right decision: Park one car at Balevullin and the other at Hough. Climb Beinn Mhurstat first and then Beinn Hough itself. The early morning […]Read more "The Orchid Way"
This morning we welcomed some new guests off the ferry. After lunch we took them on an introductory tour of the island. With the sky blue the waters surrounding the island were transformed. The abundant shell sand makes the water azure blue and the beaches white. This evening we wanted try and catch the sunset. […]Read more "Roamin’ in the Gloamin’"
With the wind forecast to gust up to 51mph the decision was made to operate to a revised timetable with the Coll/Tiree sailing departing Oban at 8:45am instead of 7:15am. Throughout the morning the wind had been steadily rising. The wind peaked between 10:00am and 11:00am At that point the gusts were 52mph. The ferry […]Read more "Nae Problem!"
It was Wednesday afternoon. We might have missed it – but we didn’t. We were all together in our living-room. The cry went up, “Look! Look out the window!” The vessel seemed so close. As a result it appeared rather large. It was the Northern Lighthouse vessel ‘Pharos’. We had an appointment at Heylipol. As […]Read more "Ships and Boats"