Around Oban with Kay McDonald – Thursday August 12

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It’s amazing what a few days of rain can do. Everything that was starting to look a bit singed has blossomed again and our town is looking fantastic.

The flower baskets have been exceptional this year, largely down to the lovely people who have looked after them so well and they’ve been enhanced by the efforts of the council gardeners, as well as all the private individuals and businesses who make the effort. These include The Lorne on Stevenson Street, The Whisky Vaults, which also has a beautiful fence made of barrel staves, Aulay’s as always is amazing and this year George Street Fish & Chip Shop has added lovely half barrels to brighten up the town centre. Bossard’s staff have again excelled themselves and there are bound to be others that I haven’t mentioned.

It all adds to making the town look beautiful. I’ve noticed that this year the streets seem to be cleaner with less dog poo, let’s hope I’m not jinxing it by saying that. Thanks must go to the street cleaners who do a fantastic job and also to the volunteers, such as those from Hope Kitchen, who keep the beaches and other parts of the town clean. This week Derek and Sean cleared seven black bags of rubbish from the Corran Halls, definitely local heroes, thank you very much guys.

Our community is so much richer for people who take the time to clear up after others and keep everything looking so good.

The photograph last week was of the beer garden doors at The Lorne – even they’ve been decorated with flowers .

This week’s photograph continues the theme, but where?