Well that’s it. Did you survive the baking heat? The unprecedented rays that left many of us afraid to go outside? Fair enough, that might just of been us of the ginger-persuasion.
My summer started with a post-exam getaway to Pisa and Florence – you can read about that trip here. It was super cheap, super quick but I left my exam woes in Scotland and had a ball.
(Looking across the Ponte Vecchio, Florence)
Then it was back home to Colonsay where I was again taking up residence behind the shop counter and very much being glad to be back. I found it harder being away this year and when I stepped off the ferry into glorious sunshine I felt like the chill and misery of winter was long behind me.
It was great to see some old pals again, and make some new ones. A ceilidh on the beach is always a great ice-breaker. I was pretty busy this summer but when we did all manage to get together I think we made a pretty good go of it.
In July I sped off to Uist for the first time in years. I spent a long time in both North and South Uist when I was studying music so it was great get a chance to head back – and what better time to be in South Uist than when Ceòlas Summer School is on.
Ceòlas was just inexplicably brilliant. The music was astounding, the people were lovely and the nights were long, late and warm. I was very lucky to be learning from Christine Primrose and Mary Jane Lamond so got home with a stack of words and gave everyone a good blasting of the Gaelic songs at the Friday night sessions in the bar.
(Jamie MacDonald, Alana MacInnes and Kenneth MacKenzie being nothing short of adorable outside St Peter’s Hall, South Uist)
The rest of the summer was filled with working in the shop and the bar, cottage changeovers and music. This year I was incredibly grateful to receive some cash from the Colonsay Tourism and Marketing Group to pay musicians to come and play for the ceilidhs with my brother and I. It’s a small thing but it certainly made my summer very enjoyable – I hope it made a difference to locals and tourists alike.
I didn’t get out with the camera as much as I would’ve liked over the last few months but we had a few outings around the island. BBQs and kids’ parties were a good chance to practise getting those action shots and, more importantly, practise avoiding a hose that’s being aimed directly at your camera.
Morag got some billy goats, Walter swore at me and the camera on multiple occasions…mostly I was too busy sunbathing to take any photos. It was a beautiful long, sweltering summer culminating in the music festival. Ceòl Cholasa 2018 was certainly one of my favourites!
Back at university now, revelling in the delights of Commercial Law and Property Law, with a side of International Politics until Christmas.
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