With Gratitude

As I stood watching today’s ferry come into the bay
and as I watched her approach the pier and berth
I felt a deep sense of gratitude.

In our garden a survivor of the winter’s storms

I could not help but think of the skipper and crew of the ferry.
Then my mind went to those who handle the ropes.
Then I thought of those working in the pier office.
And I wanted to say a big thank you.

The MV Lord of the Isles in Gott Bay – 28/03/2020

CalMac are operating a new reduced timetable,
which runs for an initial three-week period,
and comes amidst a lockdown
on all but essential travel across the UK.
Thus it was primarily commercial vehicles on board.
Again there was a sense of gratitude.

Local Hauliers providing essential services to the island

Thanks to those who are involved in any way on and off the island.
Without you there would be no food on the shelves.
Thank you for putting your lives on the line.

The postmen collecting parcels which have just arrived on the island

On and off the island postal workers provide an essential service.
Thank you to you and your families for providing this service.
We appreciate what you are doing.

The MV Lord of the Isles will God Willing return on Tuesday

The ferry headed back to the Mainland and God willing will return on Tuesday.
In the meantime the food and other goods will go to the shops.
Those working there are on the frontline with little protection.
We appreciate what you are doing.

The Lodge Hotel and a corner of Gott Bay

The Isle of Tiree is one of the best examples in Scotland of a crofting community.
In all weathers and conditions they are hard at work on the island.
They provide food for our tables and its so tasty.
A big thank you to all our crofters.

Looking across to Gott Bay and distant Mainland peaks

We are deeply concerned.
Like life on the Mainland many are suffering financially.
Fishing, hospitality, and holiday lets, shop owners – all are taking a hit.
More than likely the whole holiday season and the income it provides will be lost.
Yet one initiative means that some people are turning to the web to sell their goods.

Looking across the pier office to Ben More on the Isle of Mull

There are so many to thank there is the danger we forget to mention someone.
However, we are filled with gratitude for the medical team and carers.
They have worked tirelessly in so many different ways.
Others ware volunteering in various ways.
Thank you.

Friday’s sunset

There are those who provide our water and electricity.
There’s our policeman, coastguard and firemen and women.
There are all those who work at the airport  providing a vital service.
There are the pilots, officers, air traffic-controllers, ground crews all serving.
Thank you.

With so many to thank let no one feel unappreciated.
The Isle of Tiree is a caring community that reaches out to others.
So thank you everyone for making it such a special place to live and work.

The sun has set on another day – Scarinish

We have felt a sense of gratitude of being able to open door and just walk.
Thankful for the sunny weather we have enjoyed these past three days.
Thankful that as we exercise we have little to cause us concern.
There is little problem social distancing when outdoors.
Yet thankful for those who keep in contact.
You know – by phone, letter, messaging etc!

Pervading everything is a deep sense of gratitude to God.
God’s great faithfulness is seen in so many and various ways.
Thank you Lord.

The Bible’s ancient song writer prayed, saying,
Keep me safe, O God,

for I have come to you for refuge.
Lord please guard Tiree and its people.
Amen.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

Twin Otter at Tiree Airport

Please Note

Tiree airport have made this announcement . . .

Working with Transport Scotland and Loganair,
HIAL have agreed to service a skeleton schedule
that will ensure its airports can continue to provide
lifeline, emergency and essential services.
This will ensure that vital flights,
including NHS passenger transfer,
the Royal Mail, oil and gas,
and any required emergency flights can be accommodated.

Therefore, from Monday 30th March 2020 the opening hours
at Tiree Airport to accommodate the skeleton schedule will be:
Monday to Friday: 09:15 – 11:15
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 15:00 – 16:30
We also have contingency arrangements in place
to accommodate emergency flights outwith these times.

Airport Information
Tiree Airport (TRE), Isle of Tiree, PA77
Telephone: 01879 220 456