No post yesterday, as I was spending my time recovering from a streaming cold on Saturday. Back on form today, and it was a cold day. A band of rain passed over at lunchtime, after which the sun returned. It did not do much to lift temperatures: mid forties Fahrenheit (around 6C) is the best we managed.
Thirteen months after being captured off the Seychelles, Paul and Rachel Chandler were released from Somalia yesterday. They were not treated very well, and the couple looked gaunt and haggard, although happy, on television. The British government has denied that it contributed towards the ransome money, paid towards the pirates. To said pirates, the Chandlers were just a commodity, which would, given time, yield millions of dollars. Somalia has no effective government and has been torn apart by two decades of civil war.
Today, it is 6 years ago since I first arrived in Lewis. I link to the entry on my Northern Trip blog.
Lochmaddy (July 1994)
Berneray (July 2009)
Leverburgh (July 2009)
Scaladale, North Harris (October 2007)
Balallan at dusk (January 2008)