‘The Sun Still Sets’
In these days of worldwide crisis the sun still sets.
At this time of the year on Tiree the hours between sunrise and sunset increases daily.
What wonderful clear blue skies we have enjoyed for several days.
This has meant that we have also had some stunning sunsets.
This was the case on Thursday the 16th of April
An evening for the ‘Clap for Key Workers’.
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The following evening, Friday, was no disappointment.
In the Bible, the Writer of Ecclesiastes observes,
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains for ever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
By now Tiree should have started its holiday season.
With travel restrictions to the island in place there is at present no holiday season.
There is also the concern not to overstretch the island’s excellent but limited medical resources.
Personally ‘Life-on-Tiree’ has felt extremely busy and posts have of necessity been restricted.
There was little time on Saturday to capture the sunset.
There was just time to nip out the door and take a photograph.
After a busy Sunday morning and afternoon a walk at sunset was a necessity.
The view across the Passage of Tiree to Ben More on Mull was a sheer delight.
It was clear it would prove to be an heart warming sunset.
It didn’t matter which way you looked, north, south, east or west.
In every direction the sky was taking on the most wonderful hues.
The memorial just off Pier Road often provides an excellent viewpoint.
When the easterly wind drops it feels warm in the sunshine.
There are comments like ‘Summer Has Arrived’.
By the pier it looked almost tropical!
These days the pier office on Tiree is extremely quiet.
On Sunday evening the setting sun set it ablaze.
Well! Not quite literally!
It is always a pleasure to walk down the pier.
This is especially so when the sun is going down.
For as the sun goes down sky and sea are transformed.
Across Gott Bay the Rum Cuillin was the colourful backdrop to Ruaig.
It was still true whatever way you looked the sky was transformed.
North, South, East and especially west.
Standing on the pier provided space to pause and ponder.
Here was an occasion to admire creation.
An opportunity to worship the Creator.
How apt the words of the song writer.
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Great is Thy faithfulness O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
The sun had set but to the was the sky over Ben More on Mull was so pink.
But with the sun set it was time to head for home and a cup of coffee.
Yes! The sun still sets – and these past days so dramatically.
Little wonder the Psalmist declares,
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
This is ‘Life-on-Tiree’