1 EAGLETON NOTES: Just Occasionally

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Friday, 9 December 2016

Just Occasionally

We have weather in the Outer Hebrides which makes you realise that there is nowhere else on earth that you ant to be (at that moment!). Last Monday was such a day as I walked by the Stornoway Golf Course. It was windless, cloudless and very cold.





There was a time many years ago when I used to walk this course regularly trying to hit a golf ball around 18 fairways an into 18 holes with as few swings of a club as possible.

PS I'm away from the Island at the moment and have not had much time to read blogs. Apologies.

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    1. CJ it was very cold and very beautiful. Hopefully it will be equally but warmer when you come up next year.

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  2. I can almost hear the frosty grass crunch under my feet, see my breath forming clouds in front of me and feel the icy crisp cold on my face. Beautiful!
    So many trees - I thought there are hardly any trees on the island?

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    1. Meike it was very crunchy under foot. As an Island we don't have many deciduous trees. The Lews Castle Grounds in Stornoway (of which the golf course forms part) are the exception. Sir James Matheson who built the castle also planted thousands of trees in its grounds. Many have survived to this day although a lot have been destroyed in hurricanes over the last 30 years as they have reached maturity but have also often had fairly shallow root systems because of the paucity of topsoil.

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  3. It looks very beautiful, you're right !

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  4. Brilliant sunlight cheers up many things.

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    1. Sell, Red, it certainly makes sure that my happiness levels are topped up.

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  5. It certainly does look very beautiful. I'm really impressed by all those trees. Who knew! Hope you are enjoying your time off the island.

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    1. Pauline I'm doing lots of visiting (and some shopping) down in Glasgow. There are quite a few deciduous trees in the Castle Grounds and now there are even some afforestation schemes that have survived in other parts of the Island but they are relatively few and far between as you will know from your short time on the Island.

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  6. I don't see too many players, you are obviously more intrepid than the course members!

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    1. Cro you don't see many players on a Monday morning as a rule but the course was closed anyway because of the frost.

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  7. Beautiful blue sky and white frost makes nice shots but I don't think I would like the temperature.

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    1. No Diane the temperature would be rather cool for you (it was about 3℃ when I took the photo. It was even cool for Lewis.

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  8. Makes me realise why we upsticked and moved from the south coast of England. It's not hard to get beautiful pictures on Lewis when the sun is shining is it? By the way the Waxwings were back this morning but were gone in a flash.

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    1. The Waxwings were back! Oh Spesh I bet you can you feel the envy.

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  9. Wow! Just wow. You are indeed lucky, Graham.

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  10. It does look at bit chilly. Great photos Graham.

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  11. Cold but wonderful. And, as always, beautiful and evocative photographs.

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