We’ve had a couple of magnificent days on the island – great sunrises and glorious, warm, straw-coloured light in the evenings. With the sun low in the sky it’s possible to see, more clearly, some of the beautiful textures to be found along the coast.
The UK Meteorological Office has been giving severe storms their own name since 2015. This year we’ve already had Angus, Barbara and Conor – the next on the list is Doris. Although the stormy weather we’re having on the island today is not severe enough to be named I’m thinking that the name Doris suits it just fine. The beach at Balemartine has been swept clean by the wind and the tides and the sea has that wonderful turbulent character. Great to watch from the shore but no fun for those out in small boats.
The days are starting to lengthen – and we are beginning to see a few more bright, sunny days on the island. These days of clear, blue skies and straw coloured sunshine, when the sun is still low in the sky, produce amazing shadows which accentuate the colours and textures of the landscape.
After a night of high winds, whistling windows and creaking rafters – the morning is sunny and bright although the wind is still gusting over sixty miles per hour. There are amazing clouds scudding across the sky and the sea is covered in white horses.
It’s hard to stand against the strongest gusts and even the simplest job outside becomes something of a major undertaking. Spending time looking at the clouds reminds me of Joni Mitchell’s lyrics:
Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way