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Friday, 12 August 2016

Islay – The Islay Show and Loch Gruinart

 A competitor limbering up for Islay's most famous sport 
– extracting cars from the mud

The Islay Show
Yesterday was the high point of the Islay social calendar – The Islay, Jura and Colonsay Fair at Bridgend. We spent about an hour there and were lucky that this was one of the rare intervals over the last few days when the rain briefly abated. It was clearly just taking a breather as it rained later yesterday and almost all of today – Friday.

 Upper part of show tent blown away by the persistent wind

Islay Wines tent

More like a refugee encampment than a show.....

Kilchoman  – Islay's sole farm distillery
(above and below)


Heavy going after days of rain....


Islay's persistent rain has some advantages – 
Over-sized prize onions 

More prize veg – above and low 

Twin llamas
Have a dram and enjoy the craic 

Lorry carrying various whisky barrels 

Kilnave ruined church and cemetery
– overlooking Loch Gruinart
(above and below)

Kilnave – standing stone by a house 
Like an Osborne Spanish bull
probably originally black but 
colour washed out by the rain 



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