Visiting Tiree can be a most relaxing experience.
There is none of the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The air is cleaner and the noise level is considerably less.
Our single track roads prove less stressful than mainland motorways.

Looking across the Machair towards Ben More on the Isle of Mull

Yet living on Tiree does not mean that you are under employed.
Sometimes there does not seem to be enough hours in the day.
Certainly this past week has meant little time for blogging.
So looking back it has to be edited highlights only.

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You cannot be in two places at one time.
On Monday evening I had to be in Crossapol.
Sadly I missed out in seeing an ‘otter’ at the pier.
Still Ursula and our visitor were there to photograph it.

An otter visible from the pier – photo courtesy BAF

Wednesday afternoon felt like a mini heat wave.
The day began with a trip to the airport.
It being Wednesday it felt very busy.

Tiree Airport

Both flights were as scheduled.
First of all there was the ‘Islander’ from/to Oban
Secondly there was the ’Twin Otter’ from/to Glasgow.
At one point in time both planes were on the standing together.

The views from the airport were not to be taken for granted.
Good visibility meant both planes had no problems.
How thankful we were.

Wednesday morning’s flight to Glasgow International airport is airborne

Once a fortnight the Baptist Church hosts ‘Coffee Pot’ at Baugh.
It never ceases to amaze me the variety of cakes on offer.
The coffee and craic are excellent too.
“Remember you are out for lunch!”

Lunch was at the Farmhouse Cafe at Balemartine.
This was followed by a visit to the seal Colony at West Hynish.
The seals appeared to be enjoying sunning themselves on the rocks.

Some of the many seals at the West Hynish colony

It gives great pleasure to see our neighbouring islands.
Several times during the past week they have been clearly visible:
Islands such as Rum, Eigg, Mull, the Dutchman’s Cap and the Paps of Jura.
And on at least one day during the week the Outer Hebrides were to be seen.

Visits to the pier have been curtailed this week.
Our visitor visitor left on the Wednesday evening ferry.
That evening the trip ended with a colourful sunset in Oban.
However here on Tiree we also enjoyed a colourful end to the day.

The MV Clansman passing in front of the pier roundhead on Wednesday evening

Thursday afternoon was bright and sunny if a touch breezy.
But we end our highlights of the week with another sunset.
Friday evening’s sunset gave great pleasure.

A colourful end to Wednesday

These are just a few edited highlights of the past week.
What a busy, colourful week it has been.
But, it has also had its grey moments.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.