1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Return

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Return

It's seven days and 30 minutes since the Isle of Lewis ferry sailed out of Stornoway with Anna and I aboard for the journey to Bishopbriggs.  In less than an hour I shall be retracing my steps. To me it seems like I have been away from home for an age and done so much and yet, at the same time, it seems like no time at all since I arrived here.  Time plays very odd tricks.

At that point various things happened and I'm now back home after one of the most traffic-free journeys I have ever made from Glasgow to Ullapool in the summer up the A9.  Add to that a flat calm, if rather dull and unphotogenic, crossing of the Minch on MV Isle of Lewis and it was a nigh on perfect journey.

MV Isle of Lewis arriving at Ullapool 
Stern open waiting to disgorge the vehicles
Leaving Ullapool
Looking towards the head of a very dull and dour Loch Broom
I'm hoping that I will now have a couple of weeks to catch up fully with Blogland and all the things I have to do around the house and garden.  

12 comments:

  1. sometimes uneventful is good, especially when traveling!
    welcome home!

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  2. Glad to hear that you're back home safely.
    At least now, when future trips are a pain in the butt, you can recall this easy peasy trip with fondness.

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    1. Thanks Virginia. It would be nice to believe that future journeys would be as good but evidence from 40 years of doing that journey suggest otherwise so I may well need that fondness memory!

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  3. Time does indeed play some very odd tricks. Glad your trip was good, but even more glad you are back (selfish, I know).

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    1. Yes Meike. When I started reading your blog last night I could not believe that I had missed so many posts. I shall return and start commenting - yesterday I just re-read previous posts you had mentioned. I was astonished how much I remembered of them.

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  4. I hope you'll get a few days of "flat calm" at home as well. (In the sense of peaceful and being able to take things at slow pace if you want to.)

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    1. Well so far today, Monica, I've had a very satisfyingly busy day and I'm now going to have some dinner.

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  5. They are having a new ferry next summer. The Isle of Lewis is being retired. They will then run a 24/7 service.
    Just as well you got a picture for posterity.

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  6. Reading your post made me remember how in some places life revolves around the ferry in a quiet sort of way. Whereas I don't see a ferry from one year's end to the next.

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