Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gigha sunset

Seen from Gigha, the sunsets behind the Paps of Jura are among the finest anywhere on the west coast of Scotland.

Room with a view.

I do like a bonfire but at this time of year last season's vegetation is tinder dry and you need to be very careful not to set the whole countryside alight like two campers recently did in Galloway. In this case the wind was blowing strongly offshore and we lit the fire below high water mark.

We enjoyed a quiet libation of Ardbeg malt whisky. Its peaty aroma blended perfectly with the smoke from the fire and its amber liquid glowed in the embers of first the sunset and then the fire. It seemed highly appropriate to drink it here under a Hebridean sky. The distillery is only 25km away on Islay across the Sound of Jura.

Sammy the otter.

Confucius say "Jetskiers see no otters!"

Actually I think what he really said was:

"By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart."


"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."

We do not see otters each time we go to Gigha, once we had to put up with a pod of bottlenose dolphins.