Black Friday

Today might well be described as Black Friday.
We’ve not mistaken the date for the annual sales bonanza.
We know this American shopping phenomenon is Friday 25th November.
Fuelled by the internet it has come across the ‘pond’ to UK stores.
But it is not this that is in mind.

Black Friday out in the Passage of Tiree
Black Friday out in the Passage of Tiree

Friday the 18th of November marks the 100th anniversary
of the final day of the Battle of the Somme
but the reference is not to this event.

The sun is over the horizon but the moon is still clearly visible to the north-west
The sun is over the horizon but the moon is still clearly visible to the north-west

What is in focus is the weather today – a real November day.
A day on which the sky frequently turned black.
Thus Black Friday.

Gone Fishing - A heron and a fishing boat out for catch
Gone Fishing – A heron and a fishing boat out for catch

Sunrise over Tiree was 8:15.
The view south was captivating.
A fishing boat was out in the Passage of Tiree.
And at just the right moment a heron performed a fly past.

Threatening clouds and silvery seas
Threatening clouds and silvery seas

The air was still as we set out on a walk around Scarinish.
The air temperature felt cold – but not unpleasantly.
It was a mere 3 ℃

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We had no sooner remarked that it was cold enough for frost
When we saw a film of ice covering some still water
in a field close to the road.

For the time being blue sky and cloud reflecting a thin film of ice!
For the time being blue sky and cloud reflecting a thin film of ice!

Dropping down the brae
from the Post Office towards the harbour
the view out across the Passage of Tiree was breath taking.

In direct line of sight were the Paps of Jura.
Then the were the snow capped peaks on the Isle of Mull.
Most prominent was the highest of them all, the munro Ben More.

Tiree is snow free for the time being.
Some of the hail showers could make you think it had snowed.
We have had all the beauty of snow capped mountains without any inconvenience.

Later, of necessity we had to traverse much of the island.
Our journey first of all took us along the shore of Gott Bay.
At this point we were heading for Milton with its picturesque harbour.

On our return journey from Hough and Crossapol we came to Baugh.
We had a moo-ving reminder that it was a black Friday.
Black cows had taken over the roadway.
It is that dangerous time of the year
when especially at night –
drivers must be aware.

New Aware of Black Cows on the road - especially in the hours of darkness
Be Aware of Black Cows on the road – especially in the hours of darkness

As the light fades on a Black Friday – night descends over the island.
With the sun set, Ben More stands out in sharp relief.
It has been another amazing day on Tiree.

Dusk view of snow capped Ben More on Mull from Tiree's Pier
Dusk view of snow capped Ben More on Mull from Tiree’s Pier

Little wonder so many have talked about the sky today.
There have been so many different shapes and shades of clouds.
When up above blue has given way to black and hail has fallen on Tiree.

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