Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Scotland - Day 8: Thursday 21

On the island of Barra
The Ferry from Oban to Barra


We sailed from Oban to the island of Barra. Fortunately, the ship was comfortable and warm, because the weather was cold and very, very, very wet. The rain was bouncing off the sea, and the wind was howling around the ship. Isabel was so disappointed as it does make quite a difference if the sun shines in Scotland. Norman was making references to the failure in Isabel's powers over the weather, and I was trying not to take the weather personally. I assured Isabel that I have a vivid imagination and was using it to paint in the colours on a picture of many shades of grey. I had a restful day on the inside observation deck reading one of Isabel's Bridge books.
Much to Norman's disgust, Isabel and I are both extremely interested in the game of Bridge, and we often have conversations discussing the finer points. I have been catching up on Acol, the British Bridge system. To Norman, to whom Bridge is just a game, this can be a little bit much. He says he is a social Bridge player, and really isn't interested in hearing an intense discussion of the weak No Trump opening that is used in Acol, especially before he has had his breakfast.
No way was I going to join Isabel and Norman out on deck in all that wind and rain. I could see them through the windows, and there they were, hair standing upright as usual, enjoying the 'wee blow'. They do make them tough in Scotland.
I was once again blessing the assistant in the West Edmonton Mall Eddie Bauer store for her expertise in fitting me out for this expedition. My five layers on top and two below have kept me warm and comfortable. My Keen hiking shoes have kept my feet so warm and comfortable too. Eddie Bauer travel clothes are perfect for a person going to the outer regions of Scotland. Today particularly, I have tested them to the limit, or so I thought then.

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