The Journey

The first stage of the journey was from Tiree to Oban.
The talk was all about the storm known as Ophelia.
Yet, in spite of this, the crossing was smooth.

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MV Clansman entering Gott Bay

One thing we did notice was a red tinge to parts of the sky today.
We have learned this phenomenon was in part due to Ophelia.
Caught up in the wind was dust from the Sahara Desert.
There was also debris from forest fires in Portugal.

With a forecast of rising winds the ferry sailed direct to Oban.
The red colour in the sky was primarily to the south.
Over the Small Isles the clouds were fascinating.
To the North the sky was dark and threatening.

As we approached Oban Ferry Terminal
the MV Isle of Mull was in front of us leading the way.
However, we were not delayed and berthed in good time.

We arrived in Oban to sunshine.
We made it in the dry to the Oban Chocolate Factory.
But, the afternoon was characterised by heavy downpours.

This sunshine and dark skies were most atmospheric.
This was especially true looking across the bay.
It was equally true looking across the town.

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MV Hebridean Princess in Oban Bay waiting to berth at the Lighthouse Pier

Late afternoon we boarded the coach for Glasgow.
En route we were far more conscious of the wind than on the ferry.
This was especially true of the climb over the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’.

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Tomorrow, weather permitting, we travel by train to London.
Will the wind have caused havoc overnight?
We shall wait and see.

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Glasgow Central and the Virgin Train waiting to depart for London Euston

This is Life on Tiree.
Like life itself we are on a journey
So more accurately this is life on and off Tiree.

Published on the third stage of the journey.