Oban provides great backdrop for pictures

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It has been a slightly cold and damp Easter but busy and enjoyable, writes Oban ambassador Kay MacDonald.
Everyone I’ve spoken to was happy to be here and I spent a lot of time taking photos of families and couples so that everyone could be in the picture, without all the contortions involved in a group selfie.
The bay presents such a fantastic background for photos that I’ve lost count of the number of pictures where I’ve been asked to try to get a ferry or the hills and sea behind the couple or family, and I love the thought that when they look at the pictures at home they’ll sigh and wish they were back here.
For those of us lucky enough to live here, the brighter days and lighter nights make it easier to pull yourself away from the TV screen and get out and about, and there’s lots going on to tempt you.
If you would like something a bit different, keep an eye out for, the live screenings of theatre performances at Oban Phoenix Cinema. On Wednesday they had The Australian Ballet performing Coppelia.
I’ve been really impressed by the range of live screenings at the cinema. It is a great way to try things, such as opera, which you might not normally consider.
There are also lots of different films to see this week. If you are one of the few who haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast, it’s fantastic.
On Friday the Royal Hotel is hosting a quiz at 7pm, raising funds for the next Oban High School trip, to Laurinburg. It will be a wee something to get the brain cells up and running.
And on Saturday the 73rd Fiddlers’ Rally is on at the Corran Halls. It is always a very popular event to get your toes tapping.
So with your brain buzzing and your toes tapping, if you’d like to see some of the fantastic craft work produced by members of local Scottish Women’s Institutes, then the Lorn Rally is on Saturday in Connel Village Hall at 2pm. It might inspire you to find a craft to keep your hands busy too.
If all that takes your fancy is a wee walk in the fresh air, then remember to look up at some of the beautiful old buildings in the town.
I’m still surprised now and again by things I never noticed before. Recently it was the carvings above the Masonic Hall. I had no idea they were there.
Just remember to watch where you’re going too and don’t end up with skint knees.
The photo from last week was from the doorway beside Oban Music and Books, beautifully carved, but this week’s photo might be slightly more difficult because of the angle, so keep your eyes open.

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