The Welcome Mat

The Welcome Mat is out all year round.
Tiree welcomes visitors to the island.
Today we welcomed family.

The Welcome Mat at Tiree's Pier
The Welcome Mat at Tiree’s Pier

The weather this past week has been a mixed bag.
It has been a week of wintry sunshine and showers.
With the wind rising the ferry was and still is on an alert.

The MV Clansman alongside the pier at Tiree (Saturday 5th November).
The MV Clansman alongside the pier at Tiree (Saturday 5th November).

The CalMac website warns, “Be Aware!”
Due to forecast high winds and sea conditions
there is a heightened possibility of disruption to service.
Thankfully, the ferry had no difficulty in berthing in the strong motherly wind.

Saturday's Sunrise over the Scarinish Headland
Saturday’s Sunrise over the Scarinish Headland

The day dawned with a colourful sunrise.
It was not long however before the short sharp showers began.
Nevertheless when the boat entered Gott Bay the sun shone, even if it was chilly.

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“What’s that out in the Passage of Tiree?”
Vessels most frequently pass to the west of the island.
Yet here was not one, but two vessels passing in front of our window.
A quick check proved them to be the “Kibele” and the “Wilson Sund”.
The former a bulk carrier bound from Avonport for the east coast port of Dundee

“Welcome!”
“”You made it! It’s great to see you!”
“The kettle is one'” Are you ready for a cuppa?”
The after lunch its off out to make the most of the daylight.

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First stop Milton.
Oh! The wind was sharp!
A real need to keep on the move.

The weather at present is a right mixed bag.
There are short sharp showers – some laden with hail.
And with the wind rising again an amber alert for the ferry.
The weather might be uncertain, even chilly, but the welcome is warm.

The sands of Gott Bay washed by a wintry sun
The sands of Gott Bay washed by a wintry sun

This is ‘Life on Tiree’
A warm welcome is extended whatever the weather,

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