Just back from site visit to Harris. Lucky to get home at all today, as all inter-island ferries cancelled from mid-day on: just Loch Portain to return to her home port in Berneray – thank heavens! Driving home through Uist buffeted about by violent squalls of wind and rain. Everywhere poor lambs sheltering behind their mums or anything higher than them – even a clump of rushes. For heaven’s sake it’s the 1st of June today!!! However the storm though violent has been short and cyclonic, veering round over 6hrs or so from NW round by NE and SE to SW, bring and end – for now, at least – to the constant bitter wind from the north we’ve endured for all but a day or two of May.