Jonathan: At long last the weather has settled into its old familar ways! Long sunny days of blue skies; soft breezes carry the perfume of countless wild flowers and herbs; bogs brightened with yellow flag iris, and patches of deep purple bell heather on the hillsides. Today is warm – well over 20degC – and the ewes with their fat little lambs, the geese and their possie of goslings are all resting contentedly amonst the cool of long grasses. So calm and quiet it is, that even the bees rest a while amongst the flowers, and the flies buzz drowsily against the half-open windows.
Jonathan: Exceptional high tides right now – a combination of spring tides, low atmospheric pressue and an unrelenting wind from the south east. Our own beach this morning was reduced to a narrow sliver of sand at the foot of the dunes, the high-point marked by a line of bladder-wrack. Over in Eriskay, a small prominotory was within an inch or so of becoming an island – a narrow neck of land with sea-water between the blades of grass.
Jonathan: Over to the beach at Smercleit Taobh a Deas this afternoon for another trailer load of seaweed: a beautiful sunny afternoon, which helped compensate for the stiffness and soreness in my back from so much digging, lifting and carrying over the past week or so. The trailer has a 1 tonne capacity but with (in this case relatively dry) seaweed – even when loaded to the top I doubt the weight exceeds 400kg. However every scrap of seaweed will have been forked four times by the time it is on the compost heap (beach to barrow, barrow to trailer, trailer to barrow, barrow to compost). A year later it is turned over by transferring to the next compost (immediately adjacent, thank heavens!), but then two more lifts (compost to barrow, barrow to ground) to get it onto the ground where it will be used. So every 1 tonne of raw compost on the beach amounts to 7 tonnes of forking. No wonder my back hurts. I wonder if I can get an aerial ropeway on ebay? ;~) Tilly came home just as tired as me – from amusing herself on the beach whilst I worked!