Sunny evening, 6 June 2018

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Saturday 6 August

Well, it's my birthday today, and I got birthday cards by snailmail as well as Facebook. Through latter service I received more than fifty greetings - many thanks to all who went to the bother. It's a nice bright day here, with good spells of sunshine but with a bit of a breeze going. It wasn't there in the night, when the fishing trawler Vellee went down off Benbecula. It sprang a leak and went to the bottom at a rate of knots. The crew all managed to get into liferafts and were picked up by the Stornoway lifeboat. This brought them ashore at Stornoway, and the crew went on the 7 am ferry to the mainland.

Today was also the day for the annual carnival. The number of floats has not changed a lot in recent years, and today there were 6 entries to the procession, preceded by the pipebandAll in all, a colour if slightly short pageant. I watched it outside the Bridge Centre, a quarter of a mile from the town centre, which would have been heaving with people.

Tall Sheeps


The Doyal Wedding

Miss Lewis & Harris

Chocolate factory


  1. You're right - town was busy (I was near the tourist information place)but it was manageable.

  2. Many days around here(touristy area near the shore) seem like a carnival, but usually no royal family cut-outs.

    A very happy birthday to you, Guido.

  3. Happy birthday and many many more.

  4. A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Guido and MANY HAPPY RETURNS. Thanks for posting the fun photos.

  5. I do so admire all the work that people put into the carnival long may they continue and be supported... Sorry to read about the ship going down thank goodness the crew got off in time..
    Happy belated Birthday Guido...hope you have done something a wee bit different..
    love Sybil xx

  6. I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say "Hello!". "Goodbye!". I'm late!. I'm late!. I'm late!.

    Happy Birthday Guido! Smiling atchoo! Hope you had a great day.