Undoubtably this winter has had its wild and wet days, but when we settle in to a spell of calmer colder weather, the winter light can be quite magical – like it is today. We had a dusting of snow last night, and early this morning the road was sheet ice between Ensay and Calgary so our daughter is not at school! We haven’t had a snow day for a while. (Luckily by 10am the builders had managed to get here though so the work can continue to East and Middle.)
I am trying not to write too many posts about the Northern Lights so today I have chosen some photographs taken in the last week which hopefully illustrate the un-stormy winter light we experience in calmer spells of weather, whilst I have been out and about.
The Sound of Mull is beautiful on a calm still winter’s day when the light is almost creamy.
Sometimes Rum gets a smattering of snow on its mountain tops and generally we know that Mull’s mountains to the south of us will have been dusted with snow too. Someone mentioned on Facebook the other day that they have been looking back at their rain gauge figures and this sparked other places to offer their readings. It was interesting to see how it varied from one part of the island to the other, and a relief to have it suggested that Treshnish/Calgary area was drier than Dervaig (at 70 inches a year), not quite as dry as Bunessan (50 inches) but happily a lot drier than Loch Buie at 130 inches, and than Salen area at 100 inches!
2016 bookings are steadily coming in, with some guests making reservations via email for 2017 too. We have held the winter rates of 2014 over to 2016 right up until the week before Easter.