Sunrise today 6.33am, sunset 6.34pm. 12 hours of daylight. 2 days to the equinox.

10.9 hours of sunshine yesterday in Stornoway.

(I know, we are lucky. But everything here is done to extremes, including the sunlight.)


When I got home at the end of my working week the first daffodils were out, planted the day after we moved here.

We cannot help but believe in the return of the spring.

first daffodil


If you want to go faster, then don’t walk; & when you are walking, there is only one sort of performance that counts: the brilliance of sky, splendour of landscape. Walking is not a sport

~ Frédéric Gross

Sunday beach


The hardest thing about blogging is the feeling you’re supposed to have something clever to say, some wisdom learned. I scratch my mind, my week, my heart, for scraps but wisdom there is none.

All I want to say and learn to keep on saying is thank you.

morning light

Thank you, thank you.

2 Replies to “Believing in Spring

  1. Hi, Joanna.
    I can’t think of better content for a blog than to share your heightened awareness of being alive and the gratitude that it brings.

    I love how you don’t edit the humanity out of your photos; the posts, fences, telegraph wires, people and houses. The evidence of human life may be dwarfed by the immensity of sky, sea and wide open spaces, but for me, it’s as much a part of the beauty of it all as nature itself. Every rugged, determined element still left standing tells the story, as keenly as the wind itself, of what’s not there.

    • I’m so glad you like those ‘human’ aspects Janice. They’re a fundamental part of the landscape and it’s not right to edit them out. Lewis in particular is a pretty well populated island, with lots of work going in in various guises, and that’s part of what you see on a daily basis, part of how the place genuinely looks. I’ve been gathering a few photographs that have more of the ‘human’ dimension (though not people, I have a fear of taking photographs of people!) and will try and share them at some point.

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