Spring on Barra - New Beginnings and New Horizons

Today, Mother’s Day Sunday, has been absolutely stunning here on the island and after all the phone calls - my Mum and the weans - it was time to head to the hills on Vatersay and revisit my lovely wee beaches!

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We normally walk round the coastline to get to them but this time we decided to head up for some height and this meant we walked on drier ground. It was just magical to get back across to walk on these beaches and of course off came trousers, sock n shoes for a paddle….yip just as cold as I remember but you just have to!

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What a busy week it has been and I’ve had to make a wee list of things to write about so I don’t forget the highlights. Firstly the big news is that we have bought a house on Barra, in the Glen and we are just so honoured to have been chosen to stay in this lovely house (totally blessed in so many ways). We have wonderful views front and back with a really great plot of land, the garden will keep us busy for a good few years! Also a very large basement, so he’d better behave. We’re so excited, keep driving past and smiling!!

View from Living Room

View from Living Room

View from Kitchen

View from Kitchen

Back/Front Door

Back/Front Door

Now the funny story about the house news is that on Thursday I was working at the Garadh and I was congratulated on getting the house by a lovely Barra lady! I was confused because we had only just put the offer in so laughed and thought nothing of it! Two hours later my lawyer phoned with a message to let me know we had indeed got our house in The Glen. He was a bit late to the party, the island knew hours beforehand!

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As I mentioned earlier Spring is beginning to show its face on the island, from the beautiful wee lambs appearing in the fields to the primroses on this hillside.

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There’s definitely not enough hours in the day and now that the days are getting longer we are not long back in the house when we look out our window and decide to head back out again to take in the final rays of dyalight. Tonight we stopped by the roadside so that Jackson could test the waters and look for fish. Now this is indeed a sign he is settling into life on Barra, he was out fishing with his slippers on!!

A man at peace with the world

A man at peace with the world

Man with Slippers looking for Fish!

Man with Slippers looking for Fish!

He is so glad to be on Barra, although on Friday we really thought he wasn’t going to land as the weather and visability were making it touch and go! I knew he wouldn’t have been a happy man on that plane and the cloud was just like a very smooth and thick white blanket.

Thick cloud band, where’s the beach runway?

Thick cloud band, where’s the beach runway?

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On the second attempt they made it, C’mon the Loganair!

Fortunately my friends, Alison and Carol, from Ayrshire Business Women has less to worry about and they had a lovely flight into Barra. During their visit, they had a mixture of beautiful but chilly weather and wild n windy! It was great to have their company and enjoy a wee glass of gin or two with them.

Caturing the views…

Caturing the views…

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It always pays to look at absolutely everything, including where you are about to sit on and this piece of driftwood had beautiful sand and shell formations on it. Such pretty colours!

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And more colours in the form of some the sea glass we collected whilst out on our walks. There’s a few pieces now making their home in Ayrshire.

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As always you can never have enough colour and I just love this display of shells we collected on Saturday at Eoligarry.

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The previous Saturday we had Women’s Day on the island, with a huge slection of activities as I mentioned in my previous Blog. Brilliantly organised and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the line dancing workshop, maybe we will start a wee class next winter…..watch this space! I also loved learning the accordion with John James, although I was hopeless, you can’t make a note unless you open or shut the bellows and you can’t open and shut if you don’t have your fingure on a key or button. Talk about patting your heads and rubbing your belly!! It was great fun and lovely to have Lesley Riddoch with us too! The film showing in the evening was really well supported and plenty of food for thought for everyone.

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So as I haven’t fiven you a wave or water video for a long while I put together this short video this evening just to remind you that I love waves and the colour of the water here. Also there’s proof I was in the water at the end!

Finally here’s some roadside photographs taken as we drive around our beautiful island.

Mist and Blue!

Mist and Blue!

Soay Sheep

Soay Sheep

Driving down to Vatersay Causeway

Driving down to Vatersay Causeway

Finally for this Blog, love this picture of The Duchess who was so glad to see her Daddy back home on The Rock. I was also pleased to see him but just can’t master the puppy dog eyes!

Thai and her Dad!

Thai and her Dad!

Two Happy Barra folks!!

Two Happy Barra folks!!

Eileen Frater4 Comments