Thankful

It is difficult not to talk about the weather.
It’s November and yet the weather is so still.
Out of 6 days thus far five of them have been calm.
Only on 1 out of the 6 days have we had any significant wind.
Add to that, the fact it has been bright and sunny and so very clear.

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From 8:00am to 9:0am the sunrise has been a sight to behold.
Our south facing rooms have been filled with an orange glow.
The Paps of Jura have been so sharp to the naked eye –
The sky around them literally glowing.

Tuesday's sunrise and the view to the Paps of Jura
Tuesday’s sunrise and the view to the Paps of Jura

With the air so clear and it being late autumn
the neighbouring islands have been much distinct
with even some of the more distant unusually visible.
However, sometimes clouds can impersonate islands!

At sunset it is not just the western sky to look towards.
It appears that the island of Tiree sits in the midst of a pink halo.
Even the snow covered peaks to the east reflect the glow of the setting sun.

“Give thanks!”
Again and again the Bible says, “Give thanks.”
Here on Tiree there is so much to be thankful for.
And it’s not just for the weather, the beaches or the vistas.

A lochen on the Scarinish Headland looking out across the Passage of Tiree to more distant mountains
A lochen on the Scarinish Headland looking out across the Passage of Tiree to more distant mountains

It is a privilege to live in the mist of a caring community.
On Tuesday I was thankful for afternoon tea at Tiree High School.
On Wednesday I was grateful for the Medical Practice and Dental Service.
Both care and community find so many different expressions on the island.

Yet Tiree is not some idyll.
Life at times can be very challenging.
Like anywhere else there are problems and difficulties.
There are occasions when giving thanks is costly.
Yes! It can even be a sacrifice.

The Paps of Jura viewed from Scarinish Old Harbour
The Paps of Jura viewed from Scarinish Old Harbour

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

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