Bliadhna Mhath Ùr Happy New Year I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than […]Read more "Happy New Year"
It felt like the Exodus. What a contrast with Tuesday’s sailing. On that occasion only seven passengers disembarked. That included two cars, one cyclist and three foot passengers. There were a few more boarding but in no way was the ferry busy. In the winter timetable there is no Friday sailing. Saturday’s ferry was uncertain […]Read more "The Exodus"
It’s December 26th. Through the ages it has been given various names. In some countries and cultures it is the 2nd Day of Christmas. From early on it was named after the first Christians martyr Saint Stephen. Nowadays the 26th of December is often referred to as Boxing Day. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the […]Read more "A Thank You Box"
Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year It seems a most appropriate time to look back over the past twelve months of the year. In pre-decimalisation days (1971) ‘twelve’ was a much more significant number. For example there were twelve old pennies in a shilling. Now counting is primarily in multiples of tens. Jesus had […]Read more "Ho! Ho! Ho!"
It’s the day with the shortest hours of daylight. Thus far these daylight hours have been a delight. From first light a low lying mist crept over the island. As the sun rose slowly in the sky it highlighted the mist. The Memorial in Pier Road proved an ideal vantage point. Across the Passage of […]Read more "Misty Morning"
In many ways the island is quiet at present. In other ways there are many events taking place. After all it is a busy time for Santa and his island helpers. At times during this past week there has been a swell running. Standing outside our front door you can hear the waves breaking. There […]Read more "Quiet Beauty"
What a beautiful winter’s day on the Isle of Tiree. We have looked out on a snowy landscape For the most part it has been no problem. No hassle. No inconvenience. What a contrast with reports and photographs we have been receiving. Tiree Airport was open and ready for business today with the runways cleared. […]Read more "Snow! No Problem!"
The week began on the Saturday. It ran through to the following Friday. And it involved life on and off the Isle of Tiree. An appointment in Glasgow meant leaving the island. We decided to travel outward by the ferry to Oban. The weather for the crossing was damp and dull. But there was nothing […]Read more "What A Week"
Thankfully on Tiree we missed the worst of Storm Caroline. On Thursday, the day of the storm, the gusts only reached 63mph. However transport to and from the Mainland has been severely affected. This week the twice daily flights to Glasgow have frequently been cancelled. In some instances the aircraft has come to the island […]Read more "“Snow To Sea Level”"
First light brought a strong hint of what lay ahead. The first streaks of light hinted at the coming sunrise. As the darkness receded the sky was a delight to behold. “Are you going to go out?” “Do you want to go to the memorial?” “Breakfast can wait until you come back.” Was I glad […]Read more "Glorious!"