We camped on the west of Mull on open and esposed beaches at Fiddon and on this Loch at Killechronin. I moved the car to try and shelter the tent. But it was useless.
Drive them to a mountain stream.
Bring them to a rocky beach.
Give them thirteen hours in the back seat of the car
with a book, a pillow and a toy monkey.
Watch the wind splinter the spokes of our tent
Splayed out and flattened against the wind bitten grass.
Make them sleep in the tent
with three inches of rain water at the bottom.
Tell them it will be better tomorrow.
Make them set up camp three times in four days
on abandoned, wild, wind swept beaches.
Bring them biscuits for breakfast,
hot chocolate for lunch and chips for dinner.
Leave them on a deserted rain-drenched beach
for two hours until their hands turn blue.
Tell them this is a holiday.
Show them an eagle,
a shipwreck and a standing stone.
Don’t let them see you cry.
Let them drink mountain water
from Sphagnum Moss.
Show them a rainbow
stretched over the island.
And watch a golden light
shine from their wet and wind weary faces.
© David Loffman