It does snow on Mull sometimes – but not always at Treshnish. Over the last few days, post Storm Caroline, it has been cold and there has been snow on Mull, just not here. We only seem to get ‘snail’… No big soft flakes of snow, but small bullets of a cross between snow and hail. So we call it ‘snail’!
This is the road leaving Dervaig in the direction of Aros Bridge, with ‘snail’ lying at its edges! It is an unmarked road and a low priority for the gritting lorry.
On Friday night we were acting as taxi service for Daughter who was going to the High School Senior Ball at the Western Isles Hotel. There was no snow (or snail) here, but it was cold. As we drove towards Calgary, there was slush on the road, but not much. Dervaig always gets a bit more snow than us, so it looked quite white there, though the road was black and clear. As we drove nearer to Tobermory the road was white.
We dropped Daughter at the Ball, and we went down to MacGochan’s Pub for something to eat. Then we headed up to An Tobar to the Mull Film Club. It was snowing as we went in, and the street felt quite slippy under foot. Not many people had braved the weather! We watched a great film made in 1995 called Funny Bones. I don’t remember it coming out, but we were already living at Treshnish by then. We tended not to notice what was going on in the film world as we had no way of seeing any of the films! Now of course we have the film club and the Screen Machine! It was a great film, very funny with a great soundtrack – which we have been humming ever since!
The journey home
Our journey home was fine. Apart from going into a skid just as we left Tobermory. The roads were quite snowy and icy, but we drove slowly and got home safely. And whilst it had been snowing in Tobermory, there was none at Treshnish, or Calgary!
All in all, a very beautiful day
Today has been glorious, and I wanted to share these photographs. We walked the dogs up on the hill behind the farmhouse, to a high point called the Sitheans. Sithean is Gaelic for Fairy knoll. It is one of my favourite places on the farm. It was very clear today. We could see Ben More on South Uist, popping up over the Isle of Coll. MacLeods’ Tables on Skye were visible in between Canna and Rum too. Rum looked incredible covered in snow.
It always amazes me that we can see that far up the coast. The Cuillins and beyond. And at our feet, Mountain hare footprints in the ‘snail’. All in all, a very beautiful day.