A Nautical Theme

It must have been around 10am that a caller at our home enquired about an unusual ferry berthed at the pier. A quick look at Marine Traffic confirmed that the vessel was the Hebridean Princess.  Built as a ferry she no longer operates in that capacity as after a refit in 1989 she emerged as […]

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Repeat Performance

No two performances are identical but at first it felt like a repeat performance of the day before. We woke up to the wind speed about 46mph and gusts of 59mph. It was indeed another stormy morning. The sky was perhaps a little lighter and it was raining off and on. With high tide in […]

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A Day of Contrasts

In essence it began the day before on Sunday the 22nd of August. The day began bright and sunny, indeed warm for the Isle of Tiree. However, as morning gave way to afternoon parts of the island were bathed in sunshine while other parts were under a blanket of fog. For most of the day […]

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How Time Flies!

It’s 9:30am and I am walking across the Machair when the phone pings to announce a message from ‘Son Number One’. “Eight years ago today Mum, Dad and I were in Oban. Tomorrow they will have been living for eight years on Tiree. Time flies!” Almost immediately the phone pings again. This time it is […]

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What Wonderful Weather

You can almost tell the schools are back – the weather is wonderful! What an amazing weekend it has been – almost too calm on occasions. It is a sure sign when the midges make an appearance on the Isle of Tiree. Kenneth McKellar recorded a song about these wee but monstrous beasties. The midges, […]

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The Sun Still Sets

‘The Sun Still Sets’ In these days of worldwide crisis the sun still sets. At this time of the year on Tiree the hours between sunrise and sunset increases daily. What wonderful clear blue skies we have enjoyed for several days. This has meant that we have also had some stunning sunsets. This was the […]

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“Haste Ye Back!”

The powers that be have decreed that the MV Clansman leave the waters of the Inner Hebrides for the Firth of Clyde. To facilitate this transfer she was scheduled to leave Oban an hour earlier than normal – 6:15 instead of 7:15 but due to a technical problem her departure was delayed. This untimely transfer […]

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Happy Christmas

The Isle of Tiree has a very special Christmas Tree. It was designed by a resident to stand in the wind. And it has been proved to do just that. It is to be found in Crossapol. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town […]

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The Evening Sky

With the light beginning to fade fast we decided to go for a walk. It turned out to be a Sunday evening stroll through Scarinish. No need to take the camera we would not be out long. Mistake! From our home we walked out as far as Tigh A Rudha Eventide Home. The setting sun […]

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Whatever

‘Whatever’ can be almost dismissive. Asked to make a decision you reply, “Whatever.” It is not the most helpful response to a sincere request. On the other hand it can be a real positive. ‘Whatever happens.’ – Whatever the outcome.’ In this respect ‘Whatever’ speaks of a confidence. David, the shepherd-boy, king and song-writer had […]

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