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31/12/2005

The last day of the year was magical with flat calm seas, warm and typical evocative light in winter. Before 12am we had seen otters, sea eagles, golden eagles and two male hen harriers and lots of divers. At Carsaig which is magical anytime we missed a school of dolphins by 15 minutes but saw an immature sea eagle right over the beach. Two people were kayaking out to sea with Colonsay ten miles behind them and a dazzling silver sea everywhere. Happy New Year to everyone less lucky!!!

30/12/2005

We have all enjoyed a Christmas Break in Derbyshire as usual but have to say that Sheffield United were rubbish. We left in snow to head to Edinburgh initially and then found the A84 in the Highlands closed but what a wonderful scenic and sunny journey through the mountains to the west coast. Here on Mull was the same with snow capped peaks and clear sunset. It was also quite mild after Derbyshire. Good to get away but heaven to be back.

17/12/2005

There is a serenity about the islands at this time of year which is impossible to put into words. The colours around the island are wonderful and the atmosphere is so clear. People may think life is not so great here in winter but I think it is the best.You can still walk on white sand Hebridean beaches like Balfours Bay on a sunny day, only this time of year yours are the only footprints in the sand.

04/12/2005

Truly awesome weather and Hebridean Island scenes just lately. The sea is like glass, its warm and sunny and looking from eastern wing of the house today Ben More is sticking its snow capped peak above a belt of grey clounds like Mount Fuji. Yesterday on the northern coast we had a golden eagle showing off his trousers sitting only about 50m away on a small hillock.