It’s been a stormy start to 2018. Wind speeds of 50-70 mph have been regularly recorded, and we seem to have been living with yellow ‘be aware’ warnings for days. Heavy rainfall has soaked the already wet ground and it feels like the island is gradually sinking. In times past the island was sometimes referred to as the ‘land below the waves’ – it certainly feels like an appropriate name for these first few days of the new year. The ferry has had some battles with the elements – captured here by Alan Millar.