As we approached the Sonachan Hotel we stopped briefly to admire the sunset, and...
The stars came out, and steadily spread across the sky. The light from the lighthouse kept sweeping across the car and lighting the rocks around us. The wine was good, so was the bombay mix, but the interior of the car became colder and colder, and we still couldn't see a new moon.
Finally the western sky was sufficiently dark for any self-respecting new moon to be visible - but this one wasn't, and nor was the comet. So, at a quarter to eight, we gave up. "Never mind," said Mrs Diary brightly. "It was a lovely sunset and we're bound to see some wildlife on the way home." We didn't.
But what we did have was snow overnight. No-one else in Kilchoan has reported snow, so perhaps this was our consolation prize.
This morning, the scientific sites such as EarthSky, are saying that we'll definitely see PANSTARRS tonight. They even have a picture of the comet, taken by someone in the northern hemisphere. The very depressing article is here.