You learn something new every day. Today the learning curve concerned anchors. To be more specific it concerned the phrase ‘anchors aweigh’. The phrase is often misspelled as ‘anchors away’. This has led to confusion as to its proper meaning. The common misconception is that it means to ‘drop anchor’. It would appear that the […]Read more "Anchor Aweigh"
We woke up to sunshine. As we started to pack there was a sudden downpour. So it was to be for most of the day – sunshine and showers. The previous day we had occasion to visit Baugh. Millport is an attractive location at any time. It is especially so when ‘Pelican’ is there. Low […]Read more "Sunshine and Showers"
It’s a Wednesday, the day of the Barra sailing. In the Summer Timetable the ferry sails from Oban to Coll and Tiree. Then it heads through the Gunna Sound and out into the Little Minch. Its next port of call is Castlebay on the Island of Barra almost three hours away. There is a sense […]Read more "Return to Normality"
For the past week we had been keeping an eagle eye on the weather. A family member had made plans to visit us over the weekend. He was travelling north by train then flying from Glasgow. Would he make it over? Mouse-over for captions and double click for larger photographs You cannot organise the weather. […]Read more "Friendly, Courteous and Helpful"
It felt like the middle of the night. It was 7:00am on a January morning. The sun had not yet risen and it was pitch black. The waning crescent moon was just about to set. However, it was too windy to attempt to photograph it. With the wind and accompanying gusts forecast to rise the […]Read more "More Like Midnight"
Today’s appointment at the pier was a reminder of the power of wind and wave. When the ‘Mighty’ Clansman entered the bay the wind was gusting to 44mph. In the bay the gusts might even have been higher. (The official figures are from the Airport.) Today’s sailing was on an alert due to the sea […]Read more "A Powerful Reminder"
“There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip.” In other words, “Will the ‘PS Waverley’ sail as advertised from Tiree?” After last year’s cruise into the Gunna Sound the decision had been made. If possible we would like to sail from Tiree to Oban on board the Waverley. (double-click for larger pictures, mouse-over […]Read more "Full Steam Ahead"