David\

not optimistic

I think that the last 24 hours and still  going have been the worst weather I have ever encountered on The Island.

I can see only about 100m of landscape from my office  and then it looks terrible with a raging sea all the way out to Iona.

The wind and rain are extremely wild and horizontal and no ferry’s are sailing and no one local is out and about.

 

There is a small glimmer of hope in a few hours time I think, but I feel it will only last the blink of an eye.

 

 

 

Life in the Hebrides

Well this is Mull for you with me an hour ago painting this almost tropical look that the Island  had.

Now an hour later we have had a big and prolonged snowfall and Mull looks like northern Russia.

However I can see it already passing and the scene looking summery again, but with a dusting of white.

How often have I said to visitors that Mull is forever changing and entertaining  !!

Visually super day.

Its another one of our visually beautiful days here.

It was black as soot early morning but now in the sweep of an eye the whole scene from the house is of snow capped peaks, blue, white and light charcoal clouds.. There is virtually no wind, every shade of brown and gold you can think of, Red Deer are trotting along the skyline while the birds are going silly on the  feeders.

 

Here we  go now with sun blazing into my office and no doubt similar visual invitations all around the Island to come and explore on such a stunning day.

However I have to see how Scotland get on in the rugby against France  AND !!! what a goal it was from Sheffield United’s captain in yesterdays Leeds, Sheffield encounter. We won of course and it looks like my team are back in focus to chase promotion to the premiership.

Exotic again

Well its another inspiring day today with the Island looking positively exotic again.

No wind at all, very sunny, flat calm seas, gorgeous colours rising up the mountains from sea level slopes to the snow covered peaks surrounding Benmore.

 

There are plenty of Great Northern Divers about and otters are not tough on this flat sea. Two adult White Tailed Sea Eagles are nestled together at the top of a tree watching over their territory, to deter other sea eagles that might want a slice of it !!

 

I have seen February in the past turn into weeks of warm sunshine but of late we have had some snow hail and driving rain !!!! Almost always a terrific sunset though.

Had it all

Well we have had it all today. It began pretty good again and I got my card machine sorted by our Island expert James Westland, which means I will soon be in action with people booking Wildlife Expeditions again.

Then around lunchtime we had a couple of big hailstone showers and now  we could be stuck in here as snow in large quantities is pouring from the sea and over the landscape and the house.

I can see a big sun above The Island of Ulva  which is getting bigger and bigger and looks like it is shaping up to do battle  with the snow any minute.

 

It all looks like a Christmas scene from every direction and maybe more so because I still have our big tree up and feeling reluctant to take down now. But I must of course.

 

I see that the massive low sun is winning the battle and the snow is currently easing and melting.

 

The people of the past that inhabited this magical place must have been so daunted and both afraid and in wonder at the scenes that they daily lived with here. Its 4.45 and Mull is at peace again with itself and every colour of the rainbow is out from the open door of my office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome wild and wonderful

Such has been The Island of Mull in the last few days. Two or three ago, we were all held prisoner by impossibly stormy weather with no ferries at all running from, or too Mull and Oban.

However the last two days have been simply wonderful with a yellow sea out from my office right now and blue water and the South of Mull and Iona very distant  bobbing way out to sea and the horizon.

I have never seen Mull and the National Scenic Area of the west coast so wonderful.

Chatting to a few people this morning all agreed that it was like summer in the Med with no wind, very warm and exotic views wherever you looked with snow dappling the peaks around Benmore across Loch na keal..

It is after all only February but also my birthday today and as I get on with Mother Nature so well maybe this was all meant as a  birthday present for me. So thank you very much to her for such a magical day today.

 

Who would want to to be a weather forecaster ?

Today is just like the Mediterranean, with clear blue sky, not a drop of wind and all day sunshine, after yesterday evenings crystal clear moon.

Problem was that yesterdays overall weather here, was like the high Arctic and we had the rare occasion of there being no ferry sailings to or from Mull all day because of ferocious winds whipping the sea into a frenzy !!

Irony is that the sheer variety of mother natures endlessly changing natural wonders makes the Hebridean Islands so endlessly entertaining !

By the way I forgot to record an otter near knock on Loch na Keal the other day as it trotted past me within a couple of feet before diving into the sea 25m to the left.

Same day whilst looking for oysters and shellfish I picked up a massive specimen of an oyster which I have just eaten along with some lemon juice !!

The WhiteTailed Sea Eagles are now becoming daily regulars on Loch na Keal but you might still need your binoculars and ideally a telescope also.