View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Thursday 17 May

Another thoroughly un-springlike day. The mercury is stuck in the mid-40s Fahrenheit (that's 6-8C) with a strong northeasterly breeze. Although we did get a few spells of sunshine, that did little to ameliorate the pervading feeling of cold.

The Olympic Flame is due to arrive in Great Britain tomorrow and will then embark on an 8,000 mile procession throughout the country. It will pass through Stornoway at 6.32 am on June 11th (am I going to get up for that, dunno) before being flown to Aberdeen. The flame will have arrived from Kirkwall beforehand. I am going out of my way to avoid the Jubilympics phenomenon (aye, that's the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics rolled into one word).

Having read about the communions in Nova Scotia last week, it was good to see that it's Gaelic Awareness week in that Canadian province. A website has been launched, entitled An Drochaid Eadarainn, the Bridge between us. Nova Scotia (New Scotland) is the area of Canada where many Gaelic speakers from the west of Scotland ended up as a result of the clearances, and it retains a strong Gaelic connection. (With thanks to Peter for highlighting).