1 EAGLETON NOTES: Last Week

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Monday, 25 February 2019

Last Week

Last week was a strange week: ordinary but strange. After weeks of my morning walk in the woods being in the rain and cold wind the wind suddenly got warmer. The rain didn't go away though. I think I had one dry walk.

However, despite the gales, the crocuss in my garden are surviving - just:


I set off for my walk on Saturday but the Braighe (the isthmus between the peninsula on which I live and the 'mainland' of Lewis and the town of Stornoway where the Castle Grounds where I walk are situated) was closed by the police just as I arrived. When there is a southerly gale and a very high tide the waves bring pebble and rocks over onto the road, The force is quite capable of inflicting considerable damage to a car.


Someone took A VIDEO of the waves showing the closure and me getting out of my car to take photographs.

Yesterday Gaz, Carol and Brodie (son, daughter-in-law and grandson) returned from Italy where Gaz works at the moment. They flew into Stornoway on a Loganair (Scotland's airline) Embraer ERJ-135 jet. I think I'm correct in saying it's the first scheduled passenger jet service to the Islands.


The Last off

22 comments:

  1. I love the crocuses (croci?), the spray, the video with you, the first jet service, and catching a glimpse of Gaz, Carol, and Brodie.

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    1. RWP, I have a feeling it would be crocii but I could not find it used generally anywhere when I wrote the post - I did search - so I decided to go with the common usage flow.

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  2. Scary road. Hope family visit is lots of fun

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  3. You have some spectacular waves to watch and yes the water could hurl around a few rocks.

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    1. Living by the sea, Red, and watching it every day certainly reminds me of its awesome power.

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  4. At first I thought they were houses behind the waves, but are they graves? I'm not sure why, but cemeteries always interest me.

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    1. Yes, Cro. It's a cemetery: a fairly big one too.

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  5. I can imagine this is one of the jobs the police enjoy more than the actual work with/against criminals and misbehaving drunkards.
    Did you ever encounter the mysterious strangers on one of your walks again?

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    1. Yes, Meike, I'm sure a quick drive down to the Braighe, sit there for a while until the Coastguards take over and then toddle back to Stornoway isn't too bad a way to spend an hour.

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  6. What a smart jet. Looks almost too good to use.

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    1. Yes, Adrian. The guys said it was pretty good and, of course, it can do the trip much faster than the old turbo-props.

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  7. I am hoping for calm seas this coming weekend so that my friend can cross from Islay.

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    1. Ratchel, the wind looks okay for the weekend on the Sound so your friend's arrangements shouldn't be interrupted.

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  8. Brodie is getting big! I bet he was happy to see his Grandpa. I watched the video. It's a wonder your hat didn't blow away!

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    1. YP, the difference between Brodie now and when I last saw him at the start of January is huge. He's walking properly and communicating astonishingly well.

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  9. Wonderful photos, each in their own way! :) Watched the video as well.

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  10. You're in for a fun time then.

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  11. The crocuses are delightful and I love a dramatic sea (I guess I'd love it less if inconvenienced me but we don't have inconvenient seas in Sydney)
    I know exactly what you mean about a normal but unusual week.

    Enjoy the visit!!

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    1. Kylie, the water at Sydney is pretty awesome in my experience. I can well imagine you understand my terminology.

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