View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Monday, 10 September 2012

Monday 10 September

The day started grey and overcast, but by late afternoon the sun came out and so did the wind for a while. Summer is now a distant memory, and it felt decidedly cold today. We can expect high winds tomorrow, and even worse on Thursday, when the remnants of Leslie come blasting past with force 11 winds near the Faeroes, and at least a severe gale in our neck of the woods. I'm expecting people on the ferry on Thursday, so that will be tricky.

The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics have drawn to a close, with a massive pageant through the streets of London. The Paralympics, which closed yesterday, are even more a showcase for personal achievement than the regular Olympics, because of the adversity in physical disability that many have had to overcome in order to be able to compete. I hope many will go on to even greater things in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Tomorrow, this blog will only carry the memorials to Norberto Hernandez and Dwayne Collman, two of the victims of 9/11. The entries will be posted at the time the first plane struck the Twin Towers in New York, at 8.46am EDT (1.46pm UK time). Normal blogging service will resume on Wednesday 12 September.