Why are the flags flying? It is not simply because the sun is out. The flags are flying for the Tiree Music Festival. It is July and it feels like summer. The sky is blue and the air is pleasantly warm. And the sea, azure blue, looks so enticing, so inviting. What a great start […]Read more "The Flags Are Out!"
‘Let there be sun.’ This is the strap-line of TMF 2017. Does this evening’s sunset bode well for next weekend? The planning is over for this year’s Tiree Music Festival. The preparation of the island site is well under way. But the weather is something we cannot organise. It cannot be brought over on the […]Read more "Let There Be Sun"
This evening was the last additional sailing in connection with the Music Festival. It provided another afternoon sailing to the island from Oban. It avoided an early morning rise for those travelling. It enabled those wishing to the visit Tiree for the day to do so. Instead of the return sailing to Barra, it was […]Read more "One Off – One ON"
The Tiree Music Festival is over for another year. Monday saw the mass exodus of festival goers. But it took two sailings of the Clansman. TMF over – the rain stopped and the sun shone. Monday evening was a real treat after the weekend. But that was just a foretaste of what was to come […]Read more "Sail Away"
What an incredible transformation! From poor visibility to almost perfect clarity. From murky grey sea fog to beautiful blue sky. From damp, dreich conditions to warm sunshine. (In galleries mouseover for captions, double-click for larger photographs) The change was not just sensory. The change touched and transformed feelings. Feelings of disappointment suddenly changed to excitement. […]Read more "Incredible"
There’s been a joke doing the rounds on Tiree. They should have had ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’ playing at TMF. It has been a weekend of persistent dreich, damp weather. On Sunday evening sea fog (haar) began and settled in overnight. The first ferry departed Oban at 5:30am and arrived Tiree at 9:20am. Long before the […]Read more "Wait! Wait! Wait!"
Tiree is a welcoming, working island. It is a surfer’s paradise, but it is much more. It is not simply a playground, but a home to those who live and work here. This weekend it is hosting the Tiree Music Festival. The Cornaig Ceilidh Band (Number 6) in the CalMac Tent. On Sunday the Church […]Read more "A Welcoming Working Island"
Is it the Thursday Edition? Or is the Thursday Addition? It matters not for it can be read either way. Appointments in Baugh meant no appointment with the ferry. Yet before dropping down to the old harbour the ferry was visible. As I crossed the machair beside Pier Road the ferry headed out to sea. I […]Read more "Addition Or Edition?"
The last thing the organisers of TMF want is a forecast of gale force winds. Any gales are further north and west, so TMF has been spared. Wednesday is the day of sun before the arrival of showers. (Mouse-over in galleries for captions, double-click for larger photographs.) It is heart warming to have bright blue sky. Scarinish old […]Read more "Sun Before Showers"
Life went on for us much the same during TMF (Tiree Music Festival). Thankful that we could just graze (nibble and gaze) away from all the excitement of the past 24 hours. There seemed a lot of coming and going – more cars and buses than normal, even for TMF. It was a bit of […]Read more "A Peaceful Pose"