View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Saturday 28 November

A bright start to the day, with stunning visibility - 60 miles or so. The sun rose just after half past eight, and will not come very high in the sky at all. I am at latitude 58 north, leaving the sun with just over 8 degrees of height over the horizon at midday. Went down the hardware store, which is located opposite the slaughterhouse. A vehicle had pulled up, which was towing a trailer full of sheep. They stood very calmly, blissfully unaware that they were not long for this world anymore. When I left the store, they had been taken inside.

A train crash in Russia, between Moscow and St Petersburg, has claimed at least 25 lives. A crater has reportedly been found at the trackside, giving rise to speculation about a terrorist bomb attack. Until a couple of years ago, Moscow was the scene of several bomb attacks by Chechen rebels.

More later.


  1. On this peaceful Saturday morning, it is so hard to believe that in other places of the world terror is a part of their everyday life. More and more I'm so thankful for what I have and where I am. Those people and their families will be in my prayers. It is a quiet morning at my house and at 7:38 am it looks like the sun may be trying to come up here too.

  2. Glad that you are having the sunshine today..we started very wet but now only ! showers !! I don't think I would have liked to see the pair wee sheep about to become our Sunday lunch !!Love Sybil x