Summer’s flown by but hopefully it’s not over just yet

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That’s us almost at the end of another summer which has flown by. It’s been an enjoyable and hectic one despite the weather, and it’s not quite over yet so I’m still hopeful of another month or two of sunshine.

I was delighted to discover that Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guides recently. I know I’d always thought so but I’m biased, so it’s nice to discover others think so too.

When the weather is a dreich as it has been lately it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate how lucky we are in so many ways in this wee corner of the world – we don’t suffer the floods and droughts that other poor souls do and even in the rain there is something magnificent about the scenery around us.

It may be because I speak to visitors every day who love being here and keep telling me how lucky I am to live here that it does make you look around with fresh eyes and appreciate the things that we often take for granted.  I think everyone should try it – have a wee look at some of the other places in the news just now and imagine living there and then have a look round at where we do live.  Lucky us!

That’s us almost at the end of another cruise ship season as well and I must say what a difference using the new pontoons for the last few ships has made. It’s easier for the passengers, the crew and those of us who go to welcome them to Oban, and I’ve noticed how much easier it is for wheelchairs to use them as well.  Let’s hope that more ships will be encouraged to visit now that the facilities are so much better.

Last week’s photo was of the Columba hotel’s beautiful carving. This week’s will take you to the other side of the town, it may be something you see everyday and just don’t notice.