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Return to the Tropical Island

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I was away in Glasgow from Wednesday to Saturday. We (sister and sister-in-law-to-be) had arranged wedding beautify-ing trials for Friday as Mairianne was going to be passing through Glasgow that week anyway. And, we got to try on our dresses for the first time! Needless to say, mine is too long for my shorter legs, so there will have to be some tweaking. We had the wonderful privilege of getting to know the lovely lady who will be doing our hair and make-up. It’s getting more and more exciting! We had a lovely trip, very sibling-centred, with a movie night with Seoras and Stephanie, and we all went to Inverkip for a BBQ on the beach on Thursday. It was very yummy, and lovely with such beautiful sunshine. And of course, we kept each other amused! We are so rare! There’s nothing like a sibling (and sibling attachments 😉 although Ruairidh was missing, it was great to have Nma and Stephanie) gathering to cheer you up. And I never turn down an opportunity to annoy Seoras! Ruairidh will be glad I have a bit of annoying-ness out of my system, so thanks Seoras! Mairianne and I stayed over in Inverkip, not on Colin’s sofas, but in beds in their new house! Pleasure to get the tour of their new pad and keep Nma company for a night. Although m legs were tired after going up and down their three levels!

Scotland seems to be having all it’s yearly sunshine quota in one week just now! It has been scorching! And unexpected. I had packed on Monday as I went up to my parents before leaving the bonny Isle, and I had no inkling that the weather was going to be so amazing- I even packed my boots! It warmed up on Wednesday morning and I unpacked them before leaving, but my sandals etc were 1hr15min away at home! I’ll managed I thought. I landed in Glasgow airport, and I was in a puddle on the ground! Toasty warm, (more like oven hot!) and worse, city stuffy! Thank goodness for shops with sandals & t-shirts! I was SO glad to get home on Saturday night after a day of bus and ferry travelling. To get home to my own stash of summery clothes! And hang up that jacket I took with me, and had to carry back home, after never wearing it! This has been such a sudden change really. Usually, you have a more gradual introduction to warmth, i.e. you go from having jacket and scarf, to just jacket; to taking your jacket just in case; to leaving the jacket and taking a cardigan or little jacket. I felt quite vulnerable leaving behind my jacket and vest! No rain clouds on the horizon this week. And I’m told it looks good for the week ahead, yipppee! Lots of weeding and planting in the garden, not so yippee, but enjoyable all the same!

And beautiful days mean beautiful scenery, and beautiful sunsets, and beautiful gloaming. I was so distracted driving down from Stornoway on Saturday night. I left just after 10pm, loving the fact that there was still plenty of light, unlike the darkness of a couple of months ago. The sun took its time going down, and the light took even longer to head on over to the other side of the globe. The sky was stunning it is shades of purple, red. deep blue, set off by the sparkle and contrast of the sea. I stopped quite a lot for photos, but all I had was my phone. Such peaceful, awesome surroundings. We are so privileged to live here, even with the wind and the rain!

May, 11pm in Harris

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Merry and brave

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Our seasons seem to have decided to move on- Spring has sprung! I saw quite a few lambs and calves about today as we drove to the beach for an afternoon picnic. But this year Spring seems to be slightly confused, as you may have guessed by the fact that we had a beach picnic today! Yup, blazing sunshine and no rain, and sunburn! We didn’t stop to think about sunhats or suncream, so we’re a bit pink in the face tonight! Let’s hope the sunshine regulates, and shines throughout the summer, and not just for this week in March! March has brought some quite windy, wet days as well though. I feel for all those daffodils in our garden, being tossed about mercilessly. But still, they hold their heads up proudly, defiantly cheerful in the face of bleak days and bitter winds. Daffodils are such courageous flowers. They are one of my favourites. Courage and beauty are themes paralleled in the book ‘Rilla of Ingleside’ (from the Anne collection, by L M Montgomery) which I am reading just now. The ladies of Ingleside resolve to be ‘heroines’ in the midst of the turbulence and menace of war. The daffodil bravely flowers under the first timid warming rays of the sun, while most of the other flower kindred snuggle deeply down, defiantly deferring until the coming of warmer days. Daffodils have such courage. They delight in bursting forth to beautify the earth, despite the harshness of the wind and rain. They are content to sway back and forth, (or whip and lash back and forth as they do here on the rim of the Atlantic!)  glowing with the very essence of the sun above. Such joy. It cheers me up to see their happy faces seeking the sun.

Yellow seems to be the colour of spring around here, with the daffodils, and the gorse bushes flowering as well. Gorse is another of my favourites of the botanical world. They seem so dependable, and solid. Untouchable, with their pointed needles. Their gnarled branches speak of wisdom, and their delicate bright yellow flowers reveal a sense of humour, delighting in existence under the sun and in the face of the wind. There is a combined flavour of old age and youth with gorse. Their crowning glory, it has to be said, is the perfume of their flower. So delicate and winsome, with a comforting tone of coconut. Yup, the glorious scent of coconut in the wilds of Scotland! We don’t smell it as strongly here at home, where the surrounding area is so open and the wind blows it all away. But it is just beautiful in the sheltered area around my parents’ house. Beauty is all around us, all the time, I have to admit. But it’s easier to see it illuminated in spring sunshine.