After a frosty night the morning was clear and cold with a
fresh powdering of snow. Numbers of explorers have still not
reached the level of the warmer weather: Amie MacMaster, David
John, Iain, DJ, and Robert, with Frances Maclean.
Since there was a cold wind from the north and none of the
explorers had covered the previous Salen expedition, we decided
to explore Salen and Tarbert again. We went through the village
on the north side, looking at the hotel, Skipper's Cottage,
the old store, the site of the tailor's house, The site of
the bobbin mill and the old police station. We continued to
the west end of the village and looked at the site of the
old toll house before climbing the hill in a snow shower to
look at the four remaining houses of Tarbert village.
Then we returned by the shore line looking at the site of
the old slipway for C.D.Rudd's yacht and the outcrop of foamy
rock which could be pumice. We then looked at the old steamer
pier, Peter Hume, the policeman's house and the Salen Jetty
with the two large buoys by the road. We then returned to
the Centre for soup and rolls.
in spite of some high activity by the boys, probably brought
about by the availability of snow for snowball fights during
the expedition, everyone produced a reasonable picture, with
a variety of subjects being chosen: Amie showed everyone on
the rocks by the shore with a tree on one side and the dotted
rock to represent the pumice outcrop, lain did a fantastic
picture of C.D.Rudd's yacht up on the slipway, David John,
adopting his minimalist style, showed the two buoys at the
jetty, JD showed the stumps of the piles of the old steamer
pier sticking out of the rocks and Robert showed a liner in
the Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast, which was featured
in an old photograph of C.D.Rudd's yacht shown to the group.
In spite of bubbling high spirits throughout the walk, these
pictures showed that the explorers were really paying a lot
of attention throughout.