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 rays. It is only five weeks to the winter solstice. So sunrise is […]Read more "Unofficially Winter"
An orange glow flooded our home this morning. After days of predominantly grey skies – colour once again. There is no doubt that we appreciated a calm and colourful weather window. At just the right time the clouds parted. The parting gave a window on the sunrise. The view towards the Paps of Jura just […]Read more "Calm and Colourful"
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 […]Read more "Harvest Moonday"
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 […]Read more "Seasonal Interludes"
There was an adverse weather forecast of winds gusting to over 45 mph. The MV Clansman was sailing to Tiree under a revised timetable. The ferry departed Oban at 6:15am sailing directly to Tiree. She berthed at Tiree at 9:32am. The weather photograph only tells part of the picture. The SE Wind was gusting up […]Read more "Skillful Team Effort"
It has been a day of blue sky and scattered light clouds. The air has been clear and afforded good views of neighbouring islands. In Scarinish we cannot see the Small Isle of Eigg but we look out on so many others. From our south facing lounge window we could see the Paps of Jura. […]Read more "Blue Sky and Scattered Clouds"
The Passage of Tiree was like glass today. No wonder at 10:00am the wind speed was 1 mph. When the MV Clansman berthed at Tiree’s pier (11:05) the wind was 5 mph. Since coming to Tiree four years ago we have felt drawn to the pier. Most days we walk at least once or twice […]Read more "A Glassy Sea"