“She’s On Her Way!”

No! Not Mrs Claus.
No! Not the Mighty Clansman.
Yes! Storm Barbara.

Scarinish Old Harbour before the stormy weather arrives
Scarinish Old Harbour before the stormy weather arrives

Angus may have passed us by on Tiree
But storm Barbara is about to do battle.

The wintry sunshine reflected across the harbour
The wintry sunshine reflected across the harbour

Monday proved to be a calm day.
The winter sunshine was so deceptive.
And from Cornaigbeg the sunset was a joy to watch.

Earlier in the day
while standing at the pier watching the Clansman berth
it was hard to imagine the coming storm.
Nevertheless the forecast is dramatic.

The Clansman heading back to Coll and Oban - when will she return?
The Clansman heading back to Coll and Oban – when will she return?

There was no wind but there was swell.
The ropes were straining and the ramp creaking.
The question was, ‘Would we see another sailing before Christmas?’

Sunset at Cornaigbeg on a beautiful December day
Sunset at Cornaigbeg on a beautiful December day

Then the news we had been anticipating .
Tuesday’s sailing cancelled!
‘Due to the forecast of south westerly winds gusting up to 50 knots,
sailings from Oban to Coll/Tiree have been cancelled.
A decision on the next sailing to Coll/Tiree
will be made at approximately 10:30 on Tuesday.’

Sunrise (around 9:00) on a stormy Tuesday morning

There is a big question on many minds.
“Will we have a ferry before Boxing day?”
“Will the Clansman make an attempt on Thursday?”

The fore-runner to storm Barbara
The fore-runner to storm Barbara

This is “Life on Tiree”.

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