We have been having a heatwave on Mull! It has been wonderful and although it is cooler today there is still no sign of rain. Please remember my last blog post was more about building snowmen than about a a heatwave on Mull. For whatever reasons I had not been out and about that much during the day with my camera so yesterday I took advantage of the cooling northerly breeze and went up to the trig point on Cruachan Treshnish. It is only 220 or so metres above sea levels but the views are wonderful, and when I got up there, I thought to myself that I don’t walk up there often enough.
To the north, there are wonderful views over Caliach Point towards Rum, Eigg, Muck and further north to Skye. It was beautiful up there, although it was more hazy than clear.
We are into the fifth week of lambing, and Farmer is beginning to relax – a little. There are only 2 bottle fed lambs to feed, and all those who came in to the maternity pens in the cattle shed have gone back to the hill with their lambs. He is out regularly checking the hill and along the coast, to make sure everything is alright, and will soon be beginning to plan the gathering for ‘marking’. Walter has not got a mean bone in his body – look at him try to cuddle up to the pet lambs, who are called Gerald (on the left) and Gerry (on the right).
The temperature is dropping, after the balmy heights reached on our thermometers earlier in the week, when Mull made it on to the news as Britain’s ‘hotspot’ – on Tuesday I think! The amazing bog habitat on parts of the hill felt quite dry underfoot yesterday, as we have not had rain for about 2 weeks.
Last night we drove down Loch na Keal to drop some pots off at Lip n Cloiche garden. What a beautiful evening. The view across to Gribun was rosy and warm – the end of this heatwave perhaps, but looking forward to the next one!