“From the edge of my country, as far as you see, looking east.” Jackson Browne
In May we often get spectacular sunrises – even if later, the morning and afternoon, are rather grey and disappointing. The low, slanting light often picks out the topography of the eastern skyline with intense clarity. In the background Beinn na Dreise, Ulva, Beinn Fhada, Ben More and Ben Buie are clearly seen with the darker silhouettes of Lunga and the Dutchman’s Cap in the foreground. We’re fortunate to have this view as a backdrop to our lives every day.
The coastal flowers of Tiree in late spring are an astonishing sight. The sea slopes and rocks that fringe the dunes are alight with vivid yellows, pinks, oranges and reds as patches of flowers weave across the coastal edges. The rocks below the cottage are singing with bright and vivid colours.
We’ve heard corncrake calling for the last few weeks – since they arrived from their long migration from north and east Africa. One jumped up on the wall the other evening and spent some time looking around before jumping down and running for cover. Shy and elusive – not always!
We had another visit from NLV Pharos this evening. It anchored in its usual position, offshore from the cottage, after returning from some maintenance work on Skerryvore. It was a beautiful, calm evening with a gentle sea and clear, warm light. It’s arrival is always unexpected and unannounced, rather like an old friend just dropping in for a chat.
Another beautiful day on the beach below the cottage.
Just along the headland from the cottage is an old rusty davit. Originally used on a ship to raise and lower boats – this one now stands in the marram grass overlooking the beach. It was used for many years – with another davit from the same boat – to support a washing line. Recycling and repurposing have a long history here on the island.