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seeking balance

February 5, 2009

Six weeks have shot past and I still feel welcomed and at home, though of course still very much a stranger too. Last week I seemed to be out almost every day – church and prayer meeting, Pilates class, ceilidh dancing, craft workshop. A couple of things were cancelled this week so it’s felt a bit more peaceful – time to walk on the beach and wonder at the beautiful sky.

Finding the right balances between activity and stillness, between rest and responsibility, between work and art, between solitude and being sociable – I’ve always found it a challenge, sharpened by coming to the island. A small community and a wild landscape both mitigate against evading the challenge by simply letting some facets of life take precedence until they all but obliterate the others.

This has been a very snowy week for most in the UK. We had a few sleety flakes on Tiree this morning – and I see the Met Office is forecasting “light snow” at midnight (but I’ll probably miss that!). Monday was cold and sunny, and yesterday was one of those days when endless variations of light play on clouds and sea and land. These photos were all taken at Crossapol beach around 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Tiree skies

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One comment

  1. I don’t know how you get anything done at all – I’d just be watching the sky all the time! Beautiful pictures.



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