Thursday, 5 May 2011

'And I would drive 500 miles'

With apologies to The Proclaimers and their superb song, 'I'm gonna be (500 miles)', I have just driven the 500 or so miles from Oban having spent an amazing 10 days on the island of Colonsay, one of the southern Hebriden islands off the west coast of Scotland.

Kiloran bay
 I'm a little reluctant to say much about the island least I encourage yet more visitors to this magical place. It seems I am not alone in these sentiments since I've heard before of other frequent visitors to the island who become really quite protective of their experience of the place-and perhaps even somewhat pleased with themselves for what they regard as insider knowledge.

Suffice to say that it is indeed a gem of an island and we were blessed with truly lovely weather (we've been enough times before to know not to expect it). There were so many pluses-seeing  spectacular night skies (I'm sure we saw all of the 2500 stars which are said to be visible on a clear  night), hearing birdsong which is drowned out at home, dramatic sunsets over the Atlantic, flying a kite on Kiloran beach-surely one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK-and so much more.

OK Kiloran again

I've come hope hoping that I can declutter my life a little. I guess that's not an unusual aspiration after a good holiday, and yet somehow I think it might happen. So with the motto, 'how do you eat an elephant?-one mouthful at a time'-in mind, I've made a start and have unsubscribed to the too many webites which send out automatic emails and I've decided to only read one book at a time!!

We'll see.
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