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 twelve disciples – sometime called the twelve apostles.
The Bible refers to the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then there are the twelve days of Christmas.
Every day is dived into 2 sets of 12 hours
And there are twelve months in the year.
2017 has been for us the year of the visitor.
It has been a joy to welcome many to our island home.
For those who came in May it was sunhat, suncream and shades.
In June and July hat, scarf, gloves and anorak were more appropriate
How do you compress such a busy year into just twelve photographs?
Perhaps a compromise could be twelve small galleries.
Even then it has been a difficult exercise.
In galleries mouse-over for captions or double-click for larger photographs.
With daylight hours in short supply you appreciate colour.
A February Storm brings travel disruption
Evidence of sun over Baugh beach
Heavy Rainfall bringing flooding to the Reef
And a reminder of the importance of crofting and fishing to the island
A colourful feathered visitor to the island
The 10K and Half-Marathon brings many to the island
A royal visitor (the Hebridean Princess) calls into the island
It was a joy to share May with some of our visitors.
Longer hours of daylight, hares exercising and colour everywhere.
A birthday treat was a sail on the PS Waverley from Tiree to Oban.
The PS Waverley is the last sea going paddle steamer in the world.
And to finish the day – a stunning sunset.
What a busy month!
The Fèis Thiriodh, The Tiree Music Festival and the Tiree Show
What fun sharing Tiree with our grand-children.
How we value the ferry service to the island.
How thankful we are for captain and crew and all who work at the pier.
In September we enjoyed our first ever visit to the Isle of Coll.
On the way home we were accompanied by common dolphins.
While below a reminder of harvest safely gathered in.
November is a month for remembering in various ways.
Daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter.
And the island is much quieter
What a thrill to be invited on to the Bridge of the ‘Mighty’ Clansman.
In December Christmas comes to the island.
Some of the homes have lights inside and outside.
Santa Claus does not forget to visit the Isle of Tiree.
There are meals out, school concerts, carol services and parties.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ thanking God for the past year.
And knowing that He can be trusted for the year to come.