Sunday, July 16, 2006

Sky and Sea

Woke up just before 5:00 am to see that the sun was about to rise and managed to get dressed and outside with my camera before it reached the horizon. (This despite dropping my contact into my toothpaste and having to madly squirt solution all over it in my haste to be out the door.)

Three hours outside, crossing sheep pastures to reach an isolated beach where I found oystercatchers, including a (frantic) pair with a chick and my first ever eider.

Breakfast, door window washing (my morning chore), a communion service in the Iona Abbey, a massive Sunday dinner (one of our young ladies struggled to try the lamb since she now views sheep as her friends), a hike with a couple of friends from home to the highest point on Iona, a nap, dinner and dinner clean-up (my meal chore.)

Tomorrow we are off to the island of Staffa to look for. . . PUFFINS!!!!!!!

Someone asked about the weather. We came prepared for cold, rain, and the freezing over of the Irish Sea. In fact, it has been sunny and often warm enough for shorts. But I did purchase a new sweatshirt.

All good.


Lisa :-] said...

I'm so happy you're having nice weather. I'm with you in spirit. :-]

Judith said...

One word: PERFECT!

Stacy said...

I am picturing you walking through the early morning mist of the Scottish countryside, then on to a quiet and isolated beach. Amazing. You must have to pinch yourself to know this is real. I hope you are having a wonderful trip.