Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Back to Normal

With the family on their way home and the storms passed, we've begun to get back to normal. A sea eagle flew low over the house almost as soon as they left and....

....the first ships since Christmas Eve have been passing in the Sound - picture shows CalMac's Lord of the Isles and the well boat Inter Caledonia.

We spent part of the morning in the hills, walking along the southwestern slopes of the ridge of  Beinn na h-Imeilte (pictured), from the Sanna road near Creag an Airgid towards the Portuairk road near the Sonachan.

It's a great walk for its continually changing views. Along the first section one looks out to Lochan nan Ealachan, then Lochan na Crannaig, then Lochan an Aodain and finally across to Loch Grigadale. The picture shows Lochan an Aodain with Beinn na Seilg rising behind it.

Finally, from the northwestern end of the ridge one looks across the Sruthan Bhraigh nan Allt to Achosnich, left, and to the very centre of the universe, Portuairk, right, with Beinn Bhuidhe running behind them.

It was a joy to be out walking again after the overindulgences of Christmas, but towards the end of the walk this raven flew over us and then circled before settling within twenty metres, as if it fully expected, very shortly, that one of us would be on the menu of its next meal.

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