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Sunday, 25/Oct/2009

And He's Back From Islay

When I left for Islay just over a week ago I said I probably wouldn't blog much while on Islay. Which turned out to be true, I only managed three pictures on the Islay Pictures photoblog, Sunset at Machir Bay with Geese from the first evening and Geese lifting off near Loch Gorm and Dark Clouds and Rays of Sunshine at Saligo Bay from the second day on Islay. Now I'm back in Aldermaston Wharf and as promised here's a ‘brand new update’ with a few more pictures from Islay for first impressions from the week:

Picture of geese roosting on a sea loch, dramatic late afternoon light in the background

Of course there was quite a bit of geese watching, especially at this time of the year. Some dramatic light was also thrown into the mix. For most of the week we had southerly winds, which in particular on Wednesday provided a brilliant sight at Saligo Bay with the spray from the breaking waves being blown back quite high.

Picture of waves with the spray being blown back from an offshore wind

Of course I also checked on the progress at the Islay Hotel in Port Ellen, where a lot of progress has been made. More details to follow in a dedicated post, I also hope to post the latest Islay Hotel Port Ellen 180° Panoramas a bit earlier this time.

Picture of the under construction Islay Hotel in Port Ellen

Apart from that there were a few distillery visits (with my credit card balance being hit quite badly), several relaxing evenings in front of the fire at the cottage (Thanks again to Ian and Margaret of Kilchoman Cottages for their hospitality!), a wonderful meal at An Taigh - osda, some great meat from Campbell Butchers on Islay, many many many more pictures taken and also quite a lot of video footage shot. Not to forget meeting many old and new friends. You are the most important part of it all.

Picture of dramatic clouds at sunset over a wide bay on Islay

I'll leave you with a picture of the last sunset I had on Islay, a fitting end on Friday evening. Later that evening just before I went to bed I stood outside the cottage looking in awe at a beautiful clear sky with millions of stars shining brightly.

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