Looking Back

Looking Back on the week,
The day dawned with a hint of sunrise
but as Friday progressed the wind steadily rose.
From 2pm -9pm the gusts were in excess of 50mph
Around 5:00pm the gusts reached a maximum of 56mph.
And it is no surprise that we had the highest UK rainfall at 21.6 mm

Stormy waters from the comfort of the living-room.
Stormy waters from the comfort of the living-room.

Yet by dawn on Saturday the grass was still.
The wind had more or less fully abated.
The rain was over for the time being.

A rainbow illuminates the Clansman on Saturday morning
A rainbow illuminates the Clansman on Saturday morning

Rainbows have characterised the latter matter part of the week.
The weather has been marked by sunshine and showers.
On a few occasions we have had completed arcs.

Thursday's Rainbow arcing over Pier View - from our front door
Thursday’s Rainbow arcing over Pier View – from our front door

On Wednesday with the wee brother and his wife still visiting
we made the most of the weather and headed East
and to the north facing coast at Salum and Vaul.

The white houses of Brock by Gott Bay
The white houses of Ruaig and Brock by Gott Bay

The drive along the shore of Gott Bay was lit up by the wintry sun.
The houses close to the shore at Brock stood out against the skyline.
However, we did not stop for long, because the hours of daylight are so brief.

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Our next stop was at Salum
Naturally you are drawn to the beach and the sea
But our eyes are drawn skyward by the noise of the geese.
What a spectacular sight they made as they flew back and forth.
Impressive as they may be, the sheer number of them is a growing problem.
On Tiree the crofters and farmers have more less given up on growing cereals.

As we made our way along the beach we were followed by a number of seals.
As we walked we wondered, ‘just who was most enjoying watching who ?’
On several occasions they came in so close to the shoreline.

Returning towards the car there was a rainbow spanning the east of the island.
As we drove along the road it appeared to arc over Tilley – the island’s turbine.
Then the Lion Rampant flag was a reminder that we are in Scotland.

Like Salum, the bay has a seal population.
With the sun dropping fast we did linger by the shore.
Instead we set out on foot up towards the higher ground of the headland.
Here too the geese flew overhead and the sheep turned to face the camera.

Calm waters and stormy seas. Sunshine and Showers. Bright sun and dark clouds.
This has been a week of great variety in so many different ways.
At times it was hard to believe we are in November.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ enjoying November.
Looking back on days spent with welcome visitors.
Looking back on a week of sunshine, showers, and rainbows.

As the sun sets the moon rises
As the sun sets the moon rises
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