further South are always impressed how long our summer days are, and how
short are the “white nights”.
it was a happy time;
long carefree island days.
Families saved the inbye land for winter feed
and sought summer pastures by mountain and shore, living in summer cottages
from which we take our name.
The serpent got into
and on Mull
we have midges. Don’t worry. If there
is 4 mph of wind, Sister Midge is grounded. The sea is on two sides, and
there’s usually a breeze, so we do better than most. But if it is still,
humid and dusk, don’t stand around and get eaten. Walk briskly, or go
inside out of harm’s way. A wreath of bog myrtle is supposed to give
protection. It certainly has a lovely scent and makes you look like Julius
Caesar. But it is safer to buy a proprietary spray.
In June, wildflowers are at their best. The orchids are in full bloom in
the marshland, and there are exquisite dog roses at the back of the top
field. The marshland and coastline are rich in wild thyme, thrift,
scabious, birds foot trefoil, eyebright, Grass of Parnassus, and many other
species. Fledglings emerge waiting eagerly to be fed by their parents, and
June is a good month to see some of the 200 species of moths and
In July and
August, the big elms reach their full majesty; and as the summer wears into
autumn, huge harvest moons cast their mellow light across the sea.