View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Sunday 7 June

Bright and breezy today, with sunshine in amongst the high and medium level clouds. The Applecross Forest (that's a deer forest, with no trees in it) looms up across 60 miles of sea. The sailing ship that had been in port for 4 days departed at 8.30 this morning, heading for Scalloway in Shetland. That port lies northeast of here, and there is a breeze blowing from the northeast, so they'll have a whale of a time tacking all the way there. Distance is about 150-200 miles. Temperature here is a slightly nippy 11C, but we're used to that.

The number of cases of swine flu is steadily rising, falling under the radar due to all the political turmoil. Two doctors in a hospital near Glasgow contracted the disease off patients they were treating, signalling that we're entering a different stage of the disease progression. Previously, only people who had been (in contact with others who had been) in Mexico got swine flu.

The results of the European elections will be known after 10pm tonight, apart from the Dutch results which were released early, on Thursday evening. I'm getting quite tired of all the politics in the news, and the disrespect shown towards politicians. Yes, some of them have behaved below the standard we can expect from them, and one or two will face prosecution. I get very concerned once we see displays of mob rule in the media, like we have over the past couple of weeks.


  1. Hi Guido :>)
    We had a simply gorgeous, warmy, breezy day here at the NJ shore, after a week of rainy, dreary weather, it was a true pleasure we enjoyed! I am always envious of you living on your lovely island! I'll try to get some pics next time I'm down there, forgot my camera today!
    have a wonderful week!

  2. I haven't heard anything about any new cases of swine flu in our area, but there had been several just across the river from us in Kentucky. I thought it had gone away, and I was a bit surprised to read about the new cases you write of.