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Last day on Colonsay

We go home tomorrow.  Once again our week's holiday on our favourite island has been reduced by one day because of the ferry cancellation last Wednesday.  We had the same experience in May 2018. We go home feeling as though it's just been a long weekend.  But we have had a happy time, visiting our favourite places and although it has been the simplest of holidays, it has been enough.

Today we timed our walk to take advantage of low tide on the strand across to Oronsay.  We walked across to a beach which looks towards to Jura and Islay.  Glorious views, moody skylines and a peaceful walk with a light breeze, brief glimmers of sunshine, and a good old slosh through the residual tide on the strand.
This is the strand with Oronsay in the distance.  
And two white, sandy beaches with the Paps of Jura in the distance.   I love the soft colours in the sea and skies today.  These are the places which bring peace to the soul, and top up the spirit!

"Here's looking at you kid"

First walk of the day, past the local herd of cows.
The wild fuchsia, which grows all over the place in Scotland, always reminds me of my father, because it always reminded him of home.  A Scotsman living in the south of England.  He would have needed something good to remind him of the wilds of his homeland.
More beehive envy.  A different, smaller apiary but tended by the same beekeeper, Andrew Abrahams.

 "Still looking at you kid".

Monday walk

In between mists and showers, we had a very enjoyable walk from the cottage, through the woods of the outer gardens, to the wreck of the old sawmill, and then to gaze upon one of the island's apiaries (where I had some beehive envy).   We continued along the track, which skirts around the woods to the south of Colonsay House and ultimately gives a view across Loch Fada and the surrounding landscape.
With moss-smothered dry stone walls and most trees still in full green leaf, it was a very green walk, but here and there hints of Autumn are creeping in.
 Most of the wild flowers on the island are past their flowering season but devil's-bit scabious is still going strong.  It has the most intense lavender colour, and much beloved by bees!
Colonsay is home to one of the UK's very few native black bee populations, Apis mellifera mellifera. It is a precious reserve for the black bee as, being on an island, it remains disease free.  Generally in the UK our bees are the European …