Day One

On the first day of the week the sun rose and set.
You might be thinking that there’s nothing unusual in that.
But on this occasion both sunrise and sunset were clearly visible.
Here on our island we have enjoyed three consecutive calm sunny days.
However it was only on Sunday that both sunrise and sunset were photogenic.

The sun rising over the Scarinish headland

It is always enticing to look out over the Passage of Tiree at sunrise.
The ‘Passage of Tiree’ separates the Isle from its easterly neighbours.
It is the stretch of water that lies between Tiree, the Treshnish Isles, and Mull.
Our south facing windows look out across the Passage towards the Paps of Jura.

Almost completely above the headland

When first light hints at a colourful sunrise the temptation is to go out.
The Memorial in Pier Road Scarinish is a great vantage point.
There you can watch the sun rise over the Isle of Mull.
It can be a very moving experience.

We have sunrise!

It being the first day of the week we had obligations.
We had to be out of the house by a specific time.
The view from home would have to suffice.
There was no time to visit the Memorial.

As the sun rose the moon was still high on the western sky.
The moon would disappear from view but not the sun.
All day long the sun shone – sunrise to sunset.

Spot the hare

Daylight hours are getting longer.
A sunny Sunday made the fact plain to see.
Sunset was at 17:05 but it was light long after that.

What an evening to be out!

There was to be no staying at home.
First off was a compulsory visit to the Memorial.
The setting sun was lighting up the Passage of Tiree.
The glow was being reflected by Mull’s Munro, Ben More.

Then it was off!

Then the eye spotted it – a hare.
It was if the hare had one eye on Mull.
Just as important it had the other eye on Ben Hynish.

Then it was off! – Was it startled?
Time to head down to the pier and there watch the sunset.
The pier itself, in the absence of a ferry, was reflecting the setting sun.

Sunset across the waters of Gott Bay as viewed from the Pier

With it still light there was no great desire to retreat indoors.
On such an evening the afterglow went through 360°.
Up Pier Road then to Scarinish Lochen.
(Evidence of recent heavy rain!)

Ben Hynish in the golden afterglow

Sometimes electric poles intrude.
At other times they add to the scene.
Whatever – they are a fact of the landscape.
How we appreciate having a reliable electric supply.

The sun has set – view across Scarinish Lochen

Then it was on through the (Scarinish) township.
The harbour lighthouse is another great vantage point.
Look through the harbour entrance and you see the Paps of Jura.
(Well it was true this evening – when the visibility was unhindered.)

Across the Machair then and back home.
Draw the curtains, enjoy supper and reflect.
Reflect on the events of the day just gone by.
Reflect on the wonder of both sunrise and sunset.
Reflect that it was on the first day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead.
(To think it was not simply resuscitation – but resurrection – he is alive!
)
And then before bed step outside and admire a breathtaking star studded sky.

The view across the Machair

This is Life on Tiree.

Time to go indoors – the view back down Pier Road and across the Machair