The Pier 2018

In Scarinish we live close to the pier. We have a long standing love of ferries. (There are no trains or engines on the island!) So it is natural that we should be drawn to the pier. But it is not just the ferries, it is a place where people meet. The ferry and the […]

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Anchor Aweigh

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 […]

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Sunshine and Showers

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 […]

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Return to Normality

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 […]

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Friendly, Courteous and Helpful

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. […]

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More Like Midnight

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 […]

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A Powerful Reminder

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 […]

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