‘Mellow Yellow’ or ‘Vibrant Yellow’? – That is the question. It is as if someone has had a riotous time painting the landscape. Although there is a vibrancy, upon reflection I will stick to the word mellow for the yellow blends in with the land and seascape.
Wow! Did it feel it feel warm on Wednesday on the Isle of Tiree. The Met Office recorded a temperature of 21 degrees. Surrounded by the sea and with a cloudless blue sky it felt even warmer. It was no coincidence that suddenly it appeared that the island was a blaze of colour.
By the roadside at Gott
The following few days did not quite match up to Wednesday. However, on Sunday we woke up to a bright blue sky. We were struck by the mellow yellow of the Machair as we made our way across the island from Scarinish to Crossapol. For the first time since lockdown began in March 2020, we (Tiree Baptist Church) were able to meet together in An Talla, the island’s community hall, for our Sunday Gathering. Some folks joined the gathering by Zoom, while still others would watch the recording.
In the afternoon we set out to enjoy the Machair. We took the car to visit more of the island than we could do if we had gone on foot. You would almost think that someone had been out with a paint brush and paint. Yellow was the predominant colour but there was also green and white. Look closer and other more subtle colours are to be seen by the observant eye.
We headed towards Gott and on to Balephetrish. From there we continued to Balevullin, then on to Hough and Sandaig. We returned via Barrapol, Heylipol, Crossapol, across the Reef to Baugh, and back to Scarinish.
Below are just a few photographs of the mellow yellow of the Marvellous Machair for which Tiree is justly famous.
There is a popular song about Tiree that includes the lines,
There are so many wild and pretty flowers
To try to name them all would take for hours.
It is a song that I particularly appreciate.
There was a surprise in store for us in Kilkenneth – a hare that did not suddenly take off at speed when the car stopped. This one is the genuine article – there is no fake fur here, unlike the banner photograph.
This particular hare was keen for you to know that he is not an imposter unlike the interloper in the banner photograph of Balephetrish Bay. He is the genuine article and not fake fur.
Gorse makes an idea boundary marker
And so we make our way to Crossapol before heading back to Scarinish.
Tiree’s Playpark has recently been refurbished and has new equipment. Even the grass has been given a touch of colour. It is a park with a clear view of the sea.
The day finished mellow with only a hint of yellow. There was hardly a breath of wind. The yacht that slipped into Gott Bay after 10:00pm had to rely on its onboard motor rather than its sails.
Finally here on Tiree we even have a ‘Yellow Hare’.
Yes! It is very definitely yellow.
It is the Yellow Hare down by the pier head.
Coffee – Cakes and Gifts are to be had here.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.