Look To The Skies

It is hard to believe it, but Tuesday is the 1st of December. Where has the month of November gone? Believe it or not, there have been the same number of days as normal – 30 days.  Looking back over the month it appears that for much of the time, whole areas of the island have been under water. It has been day after day of grey skies and at times it seemed like incessant rain.

The Passage of Tiree from Scarinish

Yet, every so often the grey skies have parted and we have had sunshine. It is winter and the comparatively few hours of daylight have had a wintry feel to them as a consequence of the sun being so low in the sky.  

Breakthrough

‘Dreich’, which is much more expressive than drab, is a word that we have heard often throughout the month. Therefore, we have appreciated the few bright days all the more. Saturday the 28th was just one such example of the sun making an appearance at just the right time.

Scarinish Old Harbour

Throughout the month our eyes have been drawn to the skies. Sometimes to try and work out if the cloud cover is too low for the plane to land. If the plane is unable to land there will be no mail to or from the Mainland. On such days it has been so dark that you have required lights on in the house throughout the day.

A rainbow ove Pier View

On occasions the sun has shafted through breaks in the clouds. It has been like nature’s own spotlights. This morning the first few hours of daylight were characterised by low cloud cover over the Passage of Tiree. The horizon was marked by a letterbox that was filled with a red glow. How we appreciated seeing the distant Paps of Jura standing out against the narrow red backdrop. Soon the clouds were to be rolled up to reveal a welcome blue sky. 

A rainbow arcing over Scarinish Post Office

Another feature of the past month has been the frequency of rainbows. Many of them have found there way onto social media. Sometimes they have been like an early warning system to head for home before getting a soaking.

A wintry sunset

In the coming days  children will be looking to the skies to the see if they can catch a glimpse of a sleigh with a man in a red suit on board.  I have heard that in the not too distant future he will be making a special visit. to the Isle of Tiree.

The Big Guy made a trial run over Scarinish on the 28th of November

It made me think of a song by the musician and song writer Graham Kendrick. It is reminder that for the followers of Jesus, Christmas is the celebration of his coming to planet earth, when he became one of us – a real flesh and blood baby. It is also a reminder of his promise to return for those who have put their confident trust in him.

Looking out over Gott Bay from the Scarinish headland

Jesus said, “You must not let yourselves be distressed—you must hold on to your faith in God and to your faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s House. If there were not, should I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? It is true that I am going away to prepare a place for you, but it is just as true that I am coming again to welcome you into my own home, so that you may be where I am.” (The Bible – John 14)

Almost the Full Moon rising over the Isle of Mull

And the first verse and refrain of the song by Graham Kendrick
Look to the skies, there’s a celebration
Lift up your heads, join the angel song
For our Creator becomes our Saviour
As a baby born!
Angels, amazed, bow in adoration
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven!’
Send the good news out to every nation
For our hope has come
Worship the King – come, see His brightness
Worship the King, His wonders tell
Jesus our King is born today
We welcome You, Emmanuel

Graham Kendrick – Copyright © 1983 Thankyou Music

Looking over to Ben More on the Isle of Mull

At this point in the calendar we normally look back over the year. In many ways it has been like no other. From March to July we never entered a shop and in fact since then only Mrs Life on Tiree has been shopping. For much of the year we have hardly ventured out of Scarinish. We did manage a week on the North East of Scotland when we stayed in a cottage right on the harbour at Findochty. Our annual review of the year will look very different.

A fiery wintry sunset

This coming week we will be visiting Oban to keep an appointment. It will be the first time the we have been on the ferry since the very beginning of March.  We are so grateful to those who have maintained the transport links to the Mainland during the pandemic.

Over the roof tops

Jesus is revealed as Emmanuel. The name means ‘God With Us’. There is a take on a poplar saying, ‘Jesus is for life and not just for Christmas’.  How true – for he has been with us throughout the year – the year like no other. And no matter what 2021 may bring our confidence is in him.

Looking beyond Scinish to Ben Hynish

This is ‘Life On Tiree’.

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A Wee Walk

The ferry normally arrives at a convenient time for a wee walk around the crofting township of Scarinish. It is just after coffee time and before lunch time. With blue skies, calm seas, and hardly a breath of wind it was an ideal day to get out and enjoy a lungful of good clean Tiree […]

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Pier Works

There is no tunnel or bridge linking Tiree to either Coll, Mull or the Mainland. Therefore both the plane and the ferry are vital to life on Tiree. They are the only public transport links and they are crucial. In common with many ports Tiree’s pier has what is known as a link-span. At Tiree […]

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Dramatic Skies

We were all ready to go for the constitutional. You know warm coat, woolly hat, scarf and gloves We were certainly prepared for it to be on the cold side. We opened the door and we were greeted by a sudden downpour. Change of plan! We hastily retreated indoors. As quick as the rain came […]

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Calm Before Callum

The day before Storm Callum struck began with winds gusting to 39mph from the SE. When the ferry arrived it was prepared to drop its anchor in order to berth safely. The previous day had been like a dress rehearsal for the occasion. With the anchor weighed the Clansman headed out to sea. Compared to the […]

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“Job Done!”

You go away for a day or two and you never know what might happen. Well strictly speaking it was just over a week in Mid-March. And what did we find upon our return to the island?. Repair work had begun on Scarinish Harbour. In just over a month the work is complete. The pier […]

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Here Comes The Sun

‘Here comes the sun.’ There has been a pattern to the weather in recent weeks. Five or six grey windy days have been followed by a day of sunshine. Yesterday, Friday, sunrise was followed by a morning of bright blue sky. ‘Here comes the sunshine.’ But it wasn’t just the bright blue sky. It was […]

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A Fresh Perspective

Throughout the year, weather permitting and whenever possible, our normal evening walk is timed to see the sun set from the CMAL pier in Gott Bay. From this vantage point the sunset is often reflected on the waters of Gott Bay or the wet sand on the shore and on a rare occasion by the […]

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Highs and Lows

Highs, lows and in between. Two contrasting days. Two very different states of the tide. Two very different days weather wise. The contrast could not have been much sharper. On Wednesday afternoon the sky was overcast with only hints of blue and it was high tide at Scarinish Old Harbour On Thursday at noon the sky […]

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A View To Dine For

The Old Harbour Restaurant The Scarinish Hotel, Isle of Tiree What a setting for an evening meal (Mouse-over for captions – double click on image for larger pictures) The occasion was a birthday celebration. The company was enjoyable. The view stunning. The meal excellent. The Scarinish Hotel sits right in front of the historic harbour. […]

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