It’s December 26th. Through the ages it has been given various names. In some countries and cultures it is the 2nd Day of Christmas. From early on it was named after the first Christians martyr Saint Stephen. Nowadays the 26th of December is often referred to as Boxing Day. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the […]Read more "A Thank You Box"
Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year It seems a most appropriate time to look back over the past twelve months of the year. In pre-decimalisation days (1971) ‘twelve’ was a much more significant number. For example there were twelve old pennies in a shilling. Now counting is primarily in multiples of tens. Jesus had […]Read more "Ho! Ho! Ho!"
Tiree’s Tardis is open for Christmas Gifts. Known as Chocolates and Charms it is a treasure. And the owner Becky Wright has been busy stocking up. At this time of the year visitors are few and far between. Most, but not all, of the cafes and gift shops are closed. So there are few places […]Read more "“He’s on his way!”"
According to the Met Office, the meteorological winter begins on 1 December, whereas the astronomical winter begins on 21 December 2017. It is only mid November but this past week has been wintry. It feels dark with little strength to the sun’s rays. It is only five weeks to the winter solstice. So sunrise is […]Read more "Unofficially Winter"
The time was 3:00pm. The date was the 11th of November. The venue was the Memorial just off Pier Road. The occasion was the annual Act of Remembrance. The weather was dry. However by late afternoon it was cold. Thankfully there was no wind to speak about. This year the short service was led by […]Read more "Tiree Remembers"
Bay, Birds, Breakers, Baptist Church Premises, Ben Hynish and Balemartine, Baugh bathed by this evening’s sunset. It is Tuesday morning. Indeed a beautiful November day. And while some engage in seated exercise at The Baptist Church I take myself off and enjoy a walk around the crofting township of Baugh. Hearing the breakers on the […]Read more "Baugh’s Beauty"
Tiree does not qualify for dark skies status. However for the most part we enjoy dark skies. For example there are no street lights on the island. This evening (5th Nov) was the island’s bonfire night and firework display. This year it was held close to the beach at Scarinish. Once again we had a […]Read more "Light Fantastic"