One definition of ‘anticipation’ is ‘the act of looking forward – especially pleasurable expectation’ and gives the illustration of looking forward with anticipation to their arrival. How apt this definition is to the arrival of family members on Tuesday’s ferry and the subsequent events of the coming few weeks.
One of the joys of life on Tiree is the number of reasons for hoisting a flag and letting it fly high. Several people in and around Scarinish have obviously anticipated the arrival of our family members. Tiree has its very own flag, but various flags are raised. Indeed the flags are out all over the island. However, these are of a different order. They go by the name of flag iris.
In the past week I heard the expression ‘it’s only six sleeps until they arrive’. It was an expression my father would use, especially in terms of going on holiday. Well it is only one sleep until our daughter and her husband arrives. How we are looking forward to their visit.
This past week witnessed what is known as the ‘Strawberry Moon’ and apparently it was a supermoon. Although the moon was hidden to many across the UK it was clearly visible from our home on Tiree. The full moon is accompanied by wide tidal differences and we have observed this as we have been out walking. We have been taking a keen interest in the weather forecast. Last Tuesday was a particualyy dreich day and resulted in the plane being cancelled. However since then the weather has gradually improved – more and more sunshine and less and less wind. Today the sea is particularly calm.
Booking for the ferry is advisable – even for foot passengers! Due to social distancing measures the number of passengers the ferry can accommodate is greatly reduced. Even before the Scottish school holidays began the ferry has been fully booked on several occasions and this is taking into account the fact that there are now two sailings on a Saturday.
Last Friday there was a northerly wind gusting around 40mph. From this direction the ferry is pushed by the wind towards the pier. Thus both in berthing and drawing away from the pier the Skipper had to take great care. Before proceeding out to sea the ferry swung her stern off the pier and then her bow. It was a beautiful sunny morning – just a touch nippy. There was a real sense of anticipation. This coming Friday, God willing, we shall be boarding the ferry with our daughter and her husband.
While observing the arrival and departure of the ‘MV Clansman’ the eye was drawn to a pleasure craft creating a bit of a splash in Gott Bay. Over the past week in particular Gott Bay has been popular with the yachting fraternity. In fact on Sunday evening seven yachts were moored in the bay.
We live no more than a five minute walk from Gott Bay and often visit the bay two or three times a day. It is especially attractive in the evening when the sun is setting in the west.
The sun is shining and the sky is blue. Tiree is living up to its reputation of being one of the sunniest places in the UK. Sometimes the weather itself casts doubt on this claim but for today it feels that it is among the sunniest places. And – if the weather forecast is anything to go by we are in for a great week ahead.
Not only are we anticipating the arrival of family on Tuesday we are looking forward to spending time with all our family when we leave our island home for a few days commencing this Friday. How apt that word ‘anticipation’.
Although we have sometimes taken the car to watch the sunset – perhaps over the western ocean – more often than not we have watched it from Gott Bay. However we have no need to do either, it can be just as dramatic from our home.
For the believer in Jesus Christ there is something else to look forward to – his promised return in glory. There is no doubt as to the promise given by Jesus himself, recorded by his friends, and stated by angels. The only unknown is the when. Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (The Bible John 14:1-2) He wants us to be ready – prepared for his return. He wants us to trust him.
Booking is advised for the ferry, trusting in Jesus is essential.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.