Sailing into the sunset

The day dawned bright and sunny
and proved to be just as warm as the previous one.
What a glorious evening to sail off into the the sunset.
This was the start of our holiday to the island of Colonsay.

Springing into Summer
Springing into Summer

Earlier in the day we had read in the Bible  how God says,
“As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

As we leave Tiree for a week on Colonsay
the Machair is coming into bloom ….
The Machair is nature’s
colourful carpet ….
so vital to the crofting community.

The Machair and Scarinish Lighthouse
The Machair and Scarinish Lighthouse

Even with a gentle breeze bird song fills the air.
If you make time to stop and listen
You just hear more and more
It can be frustrating hearing the rasping sound of the corncrake
yet fail to see one.

Snipe
Snipe

The same principle of stopping applies to looking.
Last night in the brief hours of darkness
the sky was simply awash with stars
and the longer you stopped to look
the more you could see.

The MV Clansman
The MV Clansman

With uncharacteristic warm weather
many were tempted onto the Clansman’s outside decks
and what a feast for the eyes as we made steady progress –
with views to the Treshnish Isles, Mull, the Small Isles, Skye and Morven.

The MV Hebridean Princess
The MV Hebridean Princess

As the Clansman made its way down the Sound of Mull
those on the Clansman’s outer decks
enjoyed a dramatic sunset.

Tomorrow we are off to visit the neighbours – The Isle of Colonsay.

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