View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Saturday 10 March

Overcast and grey, but mainly dry. Went over to Sandwick Cemetery in the afternoon to retake some pictures of two gravestones, primarily to get more information about the loved ones that were named on them. One was a private stone; the other related to the sinking of the Norge on 28 June 1904. In that incident, about 700 people were drowned after the ship tore out its keel on Rockall. Nine died after coming ashore in Stornoway, and lie buried at Sandwick.

The night has cleared up, and the forecast for the aurora borealis appears to be favourable. The moon is past full, so I'll be checking the northern sky regularly.

I have been transcribing more evidence from the Napier Report, some of it harrowing. A family in Tiree was being turfed out of their house, in spite of the fact that the mother was in confinement. So she had to give birth in a cart. It was not so much the landowner himself, the Duke of Argyll, but his agents who behaved like complete monsters. Next port of call will be Bunessan, Isle of Mull.

Hello puss

Arnish Lighthouse behind the Sgeir Mhor [Skerryvore]

Lower Sandwick and low tide in Sandwick Bay

Daffs are out!