Everyone on the island awoke yesterday morning to a landscape covered in snow. Unexpected and surprising. Long forgotten snow skills were remembered and snowmen were hastily built. As usual, the snow soon melted, and by the afternoon the island had shaken off its silent shroud of snow and the celandine were glowing in the fields again.
We’ve had a lovely bright, sunny and settled day. Clear views over the small beach just below the cottage towards Ben More and the Ross of Mull. Everything has been on the move – dancing in the wind – and the sea has been changing colour all day – deep greens and shades of turquoise mixing into blues and greys.
Another sign of Spring. Lots of lambs in the fields around the cottage. On warm days they lie low, sleeping soundly until the next feed. In the cooler evenings they gather on the rocks to play chasing games and ‘king of the castle’.
Lovely clear views today towards Mull and Iona. From the beach, just below the cottage, it’s been possible to see Skye and Rum in the North and Islay and Colonsay on the south. It’s been windless and warm – just right for some beachcombing.
It’s a wonderful clear day. Looking east towards Mull and Iona from the cottage we’ve been entertained by a group of diving Gannets. They’ve been flying high and circling before plunging into the sea. They’re regular visitors to the bay in front of the cottage and they always give a spectacular display of aerobatics and diving.
There are signs that we’re coming to the end of a long hard winter. Spring flowers have appeared and we’re getting more and more bright, sunny and clear days. We’re also enjoying some magnificent early morning and late evening skies. Still not very warm – but in sheltered places it’s possible to feel a little of the sun’s heat. Everyone is hoping for a sizzling summer.
The transformation from gallery to cottage was completed at the end of March – just in time for our first visitors. The building work and renovation was undertaken during the worst winter in living memory – stormy, wet and very cold. Despite the difficulties of building in terrible conditions we hope the cottage offers a quiet haven for visitors and an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful and peaceful island.