Thursday, 30 April 2015
Shaw & Jagger who specialises in the renovation of old buildings and whom many will remember from the Grand Design's programme when he renovated Peel Castle, John-Paul Ashley of Ashley Thompson, the builders who worked with Francis on Peel Castle, and Brian Smith, technical director at Arc Engineers, who is a structural engineer. All are currently involved in the restoration of Mingary Castle.
Not many of the smaller fishing boats carry AIS, so it wasn't possible to identify her.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Winter is still visible along the horizon in this picture which looks from Swordle towards Ockle and on to the mountains of Moidart, while....
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Monday, 27 April 2015
After a cold night - at some point the temperature dropped below 2C - the forecast promised a brief improvement in the weather this morning before a rapid deterioration, so we drove out to Sanna, leaving the car half a mile short of the township and climbing the small, un-named peak just to the north of Meall Sanna. From its summit we had views across the Minches to Eigg and the snow-capped mountains of Skye and Moidart.
This picture shows M33 HMS Brocklebury passing Burhou I on her way down the Sound of Mull yesterday afternoon at about 3.00pm. She seemed to hesitate, then turned into Tobermory. Perhaps the crew had heard that the Mull Festival was in full swing, and felt like some light relief after the hard work of the Joint Warrior exercise.
Built in 1987, Astor is owned and operated by German companies. There's more about her here.
From Morven MacLachlan:
Come along for a fun family day out and enjoy some of what we have to offer:
- Sheep showing, Junior/Senior heavy events, kids race, hill race, BBQ
- Bouncy castle, ice cream van
- Baking and craft competitions for all ages
- Ladies’ & men’s dash!!
The evening show dance is returning this year! We have the fantastic ‘Ceol an Aire’ playing at Kilchoan Community Centre @ 8pm – 1am. There's a licenced bar all day and evening.
Keep up to date with everything on our Facebook page at West Ardnamurchan Show and Sports - please feel free to like and share.
Many thanks to Morven for the words.
Pictures from the Show's Facebook page.
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Whimbrels are birds of passage, moving between their winter feeding grounds in southern Africa and their summer breeding grounds to the north of us - they nest on the Isle of Lewis and on the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
Many thanks to the Raptor for the photos.
On the subject of the weather, the participants in Joint Warrior had almost perfect conditions, but these have now deteriorated. Today we have a stiff northwester bringing in heavy showers, some of hail, and the temperature is forecast to drop to -2C tonight. Ah well, it was a good summer while it lasted.
Saturday, 25 April 2015
The church was restructured around 1763, but finally abandoned some time before 1831, when the present parish church was opened.
Historic Scotland, but the upkeep of the site, such as the grass cutting and health and safety within it, is in the hands of Highland Council. During a recent visit by Council officials, they noticed two cracks in the lintel over the doorway. At their request, the Community Council has closed the doorway.
While it is the responsibility of Historic Scotland to maintain this building, they are desperately underfunded and have hundreds of other sites equally deserving of their money and attention. If anything is to be done about the doorway, the initiative has to come from within the community.
There's more about St Comghan's on the MacIain site, here.
According to Wikipedia, she was built for Lady Annie Henrietta Yule, heiress of Sir David Yule, an Edinburgh businessman. Launched in 1930, she is now owned by Sir James Dyson of vacuum fame. Her name comes from a Native American word meaning "fleet of foot", and the yacht has a figurehead depicting a Native American wearing a feathered headdress.
Friday, 24 April 2015
Many thanks to the Raptor and Kilchoan Early Bird for their pictures.
Thursday, 23 April 2015
A few of us looked out after dark last night - which is now pretty late as it isn't fully dark until after 11.00pm - in the hope of seeing some of the Lyrid meteor shower, but by that time the mist had clamped down on us, and....