Where do the BBC get these weird weather forecasts for the Hebridean Islands from?
These days it is almost never right.
We again have a magical start to the day. From my office across the sea I can almost see the deckchairs getting wheeled out on Iona for todays influx of day trippers from Oban !!!!!!
It is now 6.15 and the sea is flat calm and everywhere is sunny and heavenly to look at.
A big stag and female red deer are gobbling up the grass 40m below the house.
Benmore is spectacular and its peak is still sprinkled with the small amount of snow that we had a couple of weeks ago.
The dazzling low sun is now dropping below The Isle of Ulva and the sea is so calm for miles across the sea that I somehow expect dolphins to jump clear of the water in numbers.
Yesterday was a pretty poor day weather-wise and overnight and this morning was in the same vein. However it is now pretty bright and I can see Iona miles away in this vivid light, that we have in the islands. In fact probably the most unpolluted sky in Europe and as a consequence visitors can underestimate the reality that the suns rays are still out there and can cause sunburn, even on a sunny day in midwinter.
In other words when you come here bring binoculars ofcourse but also the sunbloc !!
Yesterday was so sunny and colourful on the ferry to Oban that it was like being on a
boat in the Mediterranean again. Even Oban felt like the med again too !!
However today Mother Nature is feeling irritated for some reason and we have misty murky rain which would be not very nice to be out in. So I need to tackle some indoor work, unless it does turn sunny later, but the betting isn’t good.
HOWEVER !! the island is still delivering gorgeous colours amid the landscape and it is still a thousand times better than the colours of my youth in industrial Sheffield.
When it clears we will also have hundreds of waterfalls large and small and an even richer landscape hopefully with the sun bouncing off it like yesterday. But everyone knows that I am an optimist !!
Well it’s now 6.30 and still bright, but the sun is heading for its sunset behind the Island of Ulva and in a lovely lemon green colour.
we are heading of course for the time when it will not go dark at all soon, like it does in Iceland.
It has been another wonderful day here with wall to wall sunshine and the wind has now dropped to hardly even a breeze.
Red deer have been trotting along the grassland below the house and are lower down generally on the island now, because I assume they know the shooters are not out in Spring.
I believe tomorrow is an even better day for sunshine but that’s up to Mother Nature who can be very fussy !!
Its a super start to anyone’s day here today.
Very windy until lunchtime I believe, but another blue spangled sea in every direction and very bright sunshine.
I am looking forward to seeing Sheffield United beat Nottingham Forest this afternoon. Every point is vital now as we get closer to possible promotion to the Premier League. Could be wishful thinking of course !!! Then there is the Rugby and England playing Ireland today too.
Our girls beat the Irish girls yesterday by the way.
Tremendous colours across the landscape here just now, with the sea in different shades of blue.
It was a poor weather forecast for here again this morning but its actually been a lovely brilliant day with a sea of gold out over Loch na Keal and the National Scenic Area. In fact so brilliant that it is dazzling in my office as the sun bounces off an empty and calm sea.
On Monday I was keen to find otters for my people but we had no luck at all on that score. However !! Golden Eagles have been quiet this Winter and on Monday we had as many as 8 individual birds being very active, on their historic territories, which was great for me and my guests to encounter and enjoy. I felt very reassured that all was well. White Tailed Sea Eagles were even more easy to find as they sat in trees or were up and about scrapping with buzzards.
Plenty of Great Northern Divers also, which Americans call the Common Loon !!!! which will soon be in summer plumage and gathered to head to the far north to breed.
It is now 3.30 on Wednesday and after such sublime weather lately we now have vile windy rain lashed weather and millions of white horses raging across the sea on our west coast. Ferry’s were cancelled and my customers today advised that if they come to Mull they may not get back.
Anyway this is Mother Nature for you, one minute incredibly beautiful and the next as nasty as a witch !
But if you are adventurous it could also feel very exciting on one of our white sand beaches today !!!!
Its been great weather here but today is very wild and ferries have been disrupted.
Fortunately I only have two people and I hope they read this posting because I can’t do a tour in what we currently have.
I have a lady who left her hiking stick in the minibus yesterday and I will probably go down to Craignure as we were meeting to collect this at 10.30.. If you get this message please ring me and we might arrange a different time !!!!
Here we go again then. It’s 6.30 in the evening and the sunset is arriving with a golden lemon and blue sky. Right now I have a bat circling the house, which isn’t too unusual at this time of year, when the light is only fading slowly and it isn’t cold.
I hope he gets lots of insects and keeps doing that for some time, when they can be a pest on wild land such as we have here.
Actually i find bats pretty cute too !!