Unofficially Winter

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 […]

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Harvest Moonday

October the 5th 2017 on Tiree was the occasion of the Harvest Moon. In the Northern Hemisphere the Harvest Moon rose late this year. Usually it occurs before the equinox in September. In 2017 the Harvest Moon was in October. A Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. This year’s Autumnal […]

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Seasonal Interludes

This evening our home is being assaulted once again. Outside the south westerly wind is swirling and gusting. These gusts of 53mph have a knack of finding their way inside. Venturing outside is at one and the same time challenging and exhilarating. It has been a week of seasonal interludes. There has been sunshine, scattered […]

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Pipped At The Post

What a glorious day. Daylight hours were crowned with sunshine. With just a whisper of wind it felt positively warm. A brief walk to the pier was in order before meeting with the church family. The yacht which had moored the previous evening was still in the bay. The outline of neighbouring islands was so […]

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Hot And Humid

This morning. ‘Hot and humid, sticky and sultry.’ These are not words often associated with Tiree. As if to prove it the weather sock is hanging limp at the pier. The air is still, the sea is calm and the sun has not yet broken through. This was life on Tiree as we walked by […]

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Summer Breaks Out

It appears Perverse May was the month of summer weather. Yet the moment visitors arrive the weather changes. For a whole week the sun did not break through the clouds. Then as soon as they leave on the ferry the sun breaks through. The MV Clansman in Gott Bay as the clouds begin to thin. […]

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May’s Full Flower Moon

Living on the Isle of Tiree you are conscious of sky and sea. With our big skies we can see the approach of weather systems. With our dark sky we often have an uninterrupted view of the moon and stars. (In galleries mouseover for captions, double click for larger photos) The moon influences the sea […]

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