Here we are then, in the second half of January, in eager anticipation of a couple of decisions which could seriously alter life in Lewis as we know it.
Before the end of January, the Scottish Government will decide whether it will approve the planning application for the North Lewis Windfarm.
Before the end of January, Caledonian MacBrayne will decide whether to sail from Stornoway to Ullapool on a Sunday.
I have pontificated at length on either issue, so am just listing them here.
Although Uist is outside my remit, I am just amazed at the formidable mess that has been made of the suggested move of the mainland terminus for ferry services from the Southern Isles. There is some wrangling going on, as convoluted as it is unnecessary. I would think that shaving 3 hours off a 6 or 7 hour ferry crossing would be welcome, whether you're in Barra or the Uists...
Better close with some images of Ness, which I took this afternoon as I was out photographing another war memorial.
Ness War Memorial, Cross
View behind the War Memorial
Low sun over houses at Cross
The road through Cross
Sheep in croft between Cross and Swainbost
Loch between Cross and Swainbost