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Diluain, 01/Nov/2010

Back from Islay

The clocks have gone back and I'm back from Islay. Just over a week ago I wrote Gone Geese Watching on Islay (and more), which is pretty much what I did. Those of you who followed my Isle of Islay posterous account will have some first impressions of my week on Islay, I've just tagged the relevant entries with islay_october2010 in case you haven't or would like to revisit them.

Of course I did watch a few geese:

Picture of hundreds of Barnacle Geese flying in front of trees in their autumn colours

The night sky on Islay pictures unfortunately didn't happen, either it was too cloudy or the full moon made the sky too light for any good pictures of the stars. This moonrise over Gruinart illustrates it, I think:

Picture of a moonrise over a sea loch, a hilly ridge behind it

I also didn't go on to any real walks, unfortunately the weather was rather damp a lot of the time, much more than I've experienced in my previous three visits. At least I did manage the two beaches (Machir Bay and Saligo Bay), even though some of it was in rather grey and dull weather:

Picture of a beach and some rocks in the sea on a grey and rainy day

The fabulous fireplace in Saligo Cottage did get a lot of use, especially on the rainy days. Of course combined with the odd wee dram of Islay whisky, in particular the Bruichladdich Port Charlotte An Turas Mor.

I also had a look at the Islay Hotel in Port Ellen and had a good chat with Roland, more about the hotel (with pictures) later this week. Also picked up a special bottle of whisky, again more of that later this week.

I met a lot of old friends, sadly missed a few others (I'll have to make sure to catch up with you during my next visit!) and met a few very nice new people. You make these visits special, thank you all so much for the hospitality and your friendliness! It was great seeing you and sad missing some of you!

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