“Snow To Sea Level”

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 but has been unable to land.

Not the bathroom window!

In the winter there is no sailing to Tiree on a Wednesday or a Friday.
On Thursday due to the wind and waves the ferry was cancelled.
Saturday is the next scheduled sailing.
A calmer day is required!

The view from our south facing window towards the Lighthouse Scarinish Old Harbour

The forecast for Friday was for snow even to sea-level.
We woke to a window that looked like a bathroom window.
As forecast there was some snow – but only a sprinkling at Scarinish.

The view at lunch time across to Ben More on the Isle of Mull

It appeared that the Isle of Tiree had only a sprinkling of snow.
As we were later to discover the South-West of the island had far more snow.
At lunch-time the view cleared to reveal a snowy Ben More on the Isle of Mull.

The Isle of Mull – over twenty miles away – snow covered.

From Scarinish there appeared to be a hint of snow on Tiree’s Ben Hynish.
Out at sea and on the island the colours were certainly wintry.
Winter is here and it feels raw.

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In the afternoon we had to head west towards Crossapol.
We began to see that there was far more snow on the South-West.
It was only a distance of three miles but it felt like a different world.

Due to the proximity of the sea snow does not normally hand around long.
But this afternoon there was little sign of it getting a fright.
It looked as if might last the night.

At Crosspol lying snow in the fields

The sky towards Balemartine and Ben Hynish was dramatic.
The colours of winter morphed into one another.
This was a wintry Hawaii of the North.

A wintry Hawaii of the North

At  ‘Chocolates and Charms’ we met the shop owner Becky Wright.
She turned out to be our Western Correspondent of the day.
She had documented the morning’s snowfall.

Next to Chocolates and Charms – Polkadot House set in a snowy landscape

Becky told us to look at the photograph of the car’s dashboard.
She wanted us to see the temperature.
See for yourself.

Look at the 0 degree.

Becky had been out for a run and had been caught in a hail storm.
She was amazed at the size of the balls of hail.
There was no shelter on the beach.

Throughout the day the sky was constantly changing.
One moment there could be a bright blue sky.
The next moment the sky could be like lead.
Then would come a hail blizzard.

A colourful Heylipol

Thanks to our western correspondent for her record of the wintry conditions.
Yes! Even in such conditions Chocolates and Charms was open.
Some other establishments had chosen to close for the day.
Not everyone is used to driving in such conditions.

Over towards Balinoe and is that more snow on the way?

This is Life on Tiree enjoying the wintry weather.
Well – Most of it!

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