The first picnic of the year.

The moon was dropping into the clouds over the Isle of Coll, as I got back from the school run.

Moonset-Treshnish-seaview

We needed to go to the Ross of Mull today. It was not fantastically sunny or anything, the sky was not blue – but it was incredibly beautiful none the less.

Gribun-Mull

The sea was mirror calm. The air was still. The roads were empty.

Mull-seaview

You could see for miles along Loch Na Keal, as far as Iona with the Treshnish Isles laid along the horizon towards Treshnish like crumpled ribbons.

Uisken-beach-Mull

The beach (at Uisken) was deserted until a fisherman appeared in his bright yellow wellies. We had our first picnic of the year, and walked on the beach there for the first time in years.

Uisken-Mull

It was a wonderful day.

A pre solstice walk

This morning the Studio guests left, in the dark, rushing for the ferry, along with lots of Mull families hoping to get away for Christmas early in case the ferries were disrupted again by more wild weather! I had been worrying about whether they were enjoying their winter break or not, as the weather had not been very settled during their 2 week stay. However C assured me yesterday when we said goodbye that they had loved it, even in the bad weather, and when they came next time they would like to stay at Haunn!

Winter stormy sea

I walked the dog to Calgary this afternoon. I had not realised quite how windy it was, and with the wind behind me, I was nearly blown off my feet at times. A wild and wet walk felt like a good way to celebrate nearly being the shortest day. The tides are really big at the moment and huge waves with spindrift were breaking on the rocks half way along the bay. Half way we found some shelter from the storm, but there was no way I could have walked back into the wind, it was just too strong. Finally I met up with Farmer and got a lift home.

This is a photograph of Shian and Duill taken last winter, as the sun was setting.

Shian and Duill

This is my first blog and as I am sitting by the fire, with a solstice storm blowing outside, I thought I would keep it short and just wish you a happy solstice for tomorrow.