Winter Sunshine

Getting up from the table after lunch in Glasgow,
I mentioned I was flying back to Tiree that afternoon,
And someone else at the table said, “The Sunshine Island”.

The tidal Island of Soa lies off Ruaig at Tiree’s East End – from Monday’s flight.

How correct they were.
Well at least this past week.
It may have rained elsewhere on the Mainland.
However, here on the Isle of Tiree, the sun has shone.

Looking towards Ben More on the Isle of Mull from Balephetrish Bay

The blue skies have afforded clear views of neighbouring isles.
Our living room window looks out on the Paps of Jura.
Then there is the Isle of Mull and the Treshnish Isles.

Looking across to Rum and in the distance the Cuillins of the Isle of Skye – from Balephetrish

There is the Small Isles, Rum, Eigg and even Canna.
We have even seen the ‘Black Cuillins’ on Skye.
To the west and north are the Outer Hebrides.
And we must not forget our close neighbour.
Across the Gunna sound – the Isle of Coll.

The Island of Eigg highlighted by the rays of the setting sun

The sunrise and sunset have been a feature of the past week.
With blue sky and few clouds they have lacked drama.
There has been the golden ball rising and falling.
But there have been few fiery reds.

Thirty miles or so distant the Outer Hebrides

Friday the 23rd of November was the night of the full moon.
As was to be expected we have had appropriate tides.
This month’s full moon is known as the ‘Beaver Moon’.
Its beams have lit up the surrounding sea.

Friday’s Beaver Full Moon

Friday was a special birthday on the island.
‘Tigh a Rudha’ the island’s Eventide Home is 50
The occasion was marked with a ceilidh in the evening.
The home is much appreciated by residents and the community.

Sunset on the evening of the full moon – view from Heylipol towards Sandaig

Saturday’s sunset was reflected in the skies surrounding Tiree.
It was reflected by the Island’s white shell sand beaches.
It highlighted the neighbouring islands.
It felt special.

First light at Scarinish including the view to the Paps of Jura.

Sunday’s first light suggested sunrise would be dramatic.
There were some light clouds to reflect the colours.
It was no disappointment!

The Paps of Jura from the Scarinish Headland

As the sun rose the moon had not yet set.
On one side of the memorial was the sun rising.
On the other side of the memorial the moon was setting.

The Dutchman’s Cap and Ben More on the Isle of Mull at sunrise

This afternoon grey clouds rolled over the island.
Darkness descended much earlier than normal.
There was no sight of a colourful sunset.
It was an ominous start to the week.

Sunrise over the Passage of Tiree

On Saturday Tiree was the sunniest place in the UK.
The forecast for the week ahead is for high winds.
Rain may well accompany these winds.
Already the ferry is on an alert.

In flight

This is island life.
Winter sunshine and storms are a fact.
Both sun and storms have their own attractiveness.

The moon still high in the sky as the sun rises

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.
No need to rise early to watch the sunrise

The colours of sunrise

Official confirmation from the Met-Office
Tiree was the sunniest place in the Uk on Saturday.

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