a week after the storms

and the evenings are getting better

This is more like it.

More like we expect, and feel entitled to expect, in a late West Highland spring. Nice wee bit o’ gloaming - a.k.a. l’heure bleue

from afternoon darkness, to brightness at midnight

some spring, this is

This was yesterday, about twenty past two in the afternoon, in Glencoe. Waterfalls blown upwards, or dashed aside on the rocks, beneath a dark, wintery sky, and with winds close to hurricane force

Glencoe - darkness shortly after noon

Then tonight, about ten days overdue, our first bright midnight sky of 2011

Fort William's First Bright Midnight of 2011

Note the Pole Star shining.
More rain forecast for tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.

nifty & thrifty

spotted on the Longman Trading Estate in Inverness, earlier today....

Mini Cooper Convertible!!!
could this be the shape of things to come?(As usual, click the pic to enlarge)


choral interlude

annual trip to Ardrishaig on the shores of Loch Fyne

Ardrishaig Harbour

where the Crinan Canal links the Firth of Clyde to the Atlantic

The Crinan Canal at Ardrishaig

and where each year since we’ve been in these parts the sun has shone on the Kilmallie Singers’s away fixture with the Corran Singers

Messianic Choirs

This year was Handel’s Messiah.
It was a last time for Sheila MacCallum who says she will not be conducting the two choirs again.
It was also the first time Claire, our Alexander teacher - extreme left in this picture - had joined the choirs to blast out the trumpet parts.