Around Oban with Kay McDonald

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It’s definitely starting to feel autumnal with many of the trees starting to go golden. It feels too early though, it feels as if it should only be May and heading into the summer, but that’s the weird year we’re having.

Luckily I love autumn and I’m eyeing up the brambles as I’m out walking looking for the best crops, and it looks as if it’s going to be a good year for jam makers.

I’m also looking forward to a few new shops opening in the town – Harris Tweed filling the old Nancy Black’s shop in Argyll Square is enough to make your mouth water, the colours are amazing, as are the coats I’ve seen so far in Oban Wool and Needlecraft centre, I can’t wait for a proper browse round.

Further up George Street I’m intrigued to see a shop called Retrophenia taking shape. Its Facebook page just ramps up the anticipation, I can’t wait for them to open. We’ve also had the new Regatta shop open at that end of town recently, which is fantastic, with lovely friendly staff, and with Anglers Corner moving into bigger premises at the top of the street things are definitely looking up.

It’s so good to see places in Oban thriving despite the circumstances at the moment, but we should remember that they will need our continuing support to keep them going throughout the year, shopping locally is the way to go!

Last week’s photograph was of the flags at the Seafood Shack on the Railway Pier. If you know the name of the wee dog on the beach in this week’s, you get extra kudos.