It is Winter on the Outer Hebrides and many say it is the most challenging time for the Islanders. It is also said that if you survive the first Winter here on the Island it is a true test if you stay or not. This is our second Winter so I guess we are staying. The weather forecast has not been good for the next few days and we noticed the road been gritted earlier. There were cancellations once again of the ferry today and I just heard on the news that some flights were cancelled today also.
On a more positive note I thought I would share some of the things that I love about Winter here on my Island paradise.
- Beautiful sunrises and sunsets
- Winter walks watching the waves thrashing against the shoreline
- Hand knitted hats, scarves and gloves that have been gifted
- Soft, chunky jumpers
- Cosy afternoons by the stove
- Hot chocolate
- Warming soups/stews
What do you like about Winter where you live?
The darkest month here in the Hebrides is February, it can be wild but always dark. So it as a delight to read in the An Lanntair programme that there will be a festival to celebrate and take us out stargazing and aurora hunting. I was fascinated to read that you can see the Orion Nebula from here, over 1,500 light years away. These Islands are also one of the best spots for watching the incredible Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). What an education I am getting since our arrival to this amazing Island off the West Coast of Scotland.
See you soon.