Life on Tiree occasionally demands visiting the Mainland. Although we have an excellent Medical Practice there is no hospital or out-patient department. Thus, the first of December saw us visiting Oban for an out-patient appointment. Since the covid restrictions came into place the dentist has not been to the island and so we we were grateful to be given an emergency appointment with the dentist in Oban.
Our appointments were on a Thursday and with no ferry on a Wednesday in the Winter we had to leave Tiree on the Tuesday. On the day of our appointment we woke up to falling snow. At sea level the snow did not lie but the higher you went in the town the more it lay. Both doctor and dentist apologised for running late due to the problems getting into work. With no ferry on a Friday to Tiree our visit to Oban was like a mini-break. We were not complaining as our extended stay enabled us to do some mainland shopping and to fit in a much needed visit to the hairdresser.
In our absence Tiree experienced wild weather on the Friday with winds gusting around the 60mph mark. Thankfully by Saturday the wind had dropped and we had a smooth crossing. With the ferry departing at 7:15am, it was an early rise for us. It felt even earlier due to the fact that we left under the cover of darkness. Sunrise was considerably later when we were well up the Sound of Mull. When we passed Ardamurchan lighthouse the light was clearly visible..
At this time of the year the ferry can almost feel like an extension of island life. Not only are the crew so friendly, you are travelling mainly with other island residents. We were impressed by the service, especially taking into account the various precautions to help make the ferry a covid safe environment.
Since our arrival home the weather has been settled. Saturday was pleasant. Sunday was a delight with a colourful sunrise, blue skies, and an attractive sunset. And Monday began with striking a sunrise. It is crisp and calm.
A walk at sundown on Sunday was so uplifting as we took advantage of the settled weather. Blue skies gave way to reds, oranges and blues. There is no doubt! Much as it is good to go away it is even better to return home. Yes! Home is best.
Today, Monday we left our home when it was still dark in order to do the weekly shop. We were slightly later the normal arriving at the CO-OP at 8:00am. While Mrs ‘Life on-Tiree’ did the shopping I went to post a letter and walked back to the shop via the harbour at Scarinish.
It was one of these mornings you could not stop yourself wanting to admire the rising sun. Enjoy!
It was only when we returned home that the sun rose above the horizon around 8:45am.
Occasionally a gull would fly past, but the distinct sound of startled geese was a reminder just how many geese are on the island at present. A closer examination of several photographs revealed them feeding in the fields and several skein in the air, particularly over Gott Bay. It was evident that those working on […]
It’s the last week in November and Tiree has experienced crisp sunny days. Daylight hours are in short supply as we move towards the winter solstice on the 22nd of December, but the few hours of daylight have been been a delight. While much of the UK has suffered from either frost, mist or flooding, […]
The air was still. The sea was was calm. It was a beautiful morning, even if there was a nip in the air. There was an added attraction to being out of doors – an orange glow was lighting up the sky and colouring everything it touched. Our home lies tucked in beneath the slight […]
Pulling back the curtains the sky heralded the approaching sunrise. There was blue sky but the clouds were taking on the colour of sunrise. A quick look at the time of sunrise for Tiree suggested that there was just about sufficient time to head for the memorial in Pier Road, Scarinish. The memorial stood as […]
Sunrise is getting later and later as the days go by. At first light an orange glow began to fill the bedroom. Drawing back the curtains revealed the approach of a beautiful sunrise. To witness it at its best meant a short walk to the memorial in Pier Road. There was no need to wrap […]
It was about 04:30am “What time was sunrise this morning?” A quick check revealed it to be at 4:39am in Scarinish. I slipped out of bed. Opened the patio door. And simply listened to the stillness. Yet it wasn’t quiet, there was the dawn chorus. And every so often sheep could be heard bleating. No! […]
On the first day of the week the sun rose and set. You might be thinking that there’s nothing unusual in that. But on this occasion both sunrise and sunset were clearly visible. Here on our island we have enjoyed three consecutive calm sunny days. However it was only on Sunday that both sunrise and […]
“What a morning!” The phrase can be said or understood in several different ways. It can be no more than a casual remark – a neutral expression. It can express a sense of disaster or despair. It can proclaim joyful exhilaration. “Oh! What a morning!” This morning it was exhilaration. Before dawn, before first light, […]
First light brought a strong hint of what lay ahead. The first streaks of light hinted at the coming sunrise. As the darkness receded the sky was a delight to behold. “Are you going to go out?” “Do you want to go to the memorial?” “Breakfast can wait until you come back.” Was I glad […]