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Neptune Crowned on Ganavan Sands

11 Feb

Ganavan Sands by Oban – so beautiful on any day but particularly on a sunlit – early February day —

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I first came here as Boy Scout sixty five years ago to camp on the nearby Island of Kerrera. That was probably in the month of June and I don’t remember seeing much sunshine. Rain – rain – midgies and more rain are my abiding memories.

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We had travelled by steam train from Kelso in the Scottish Borders – my first big adventure away from my family.

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It was an adventure alright and as children did in those days – we pulled the leather strap that lowered the window in the carriage door and stuck our heads out into the smoke and soot from the hard working engine during our long journey. The good townspeople of Oban could have been forgiven for thinking they were getting a visit from the Black & White Minstrels when we got off the train.

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C’mon mate – you have no time to smell the flowers on the gorse. It was 1952-53 you were here as a Boy Scout – Coronation Year – when our current Queen Elizabeth was crowned. It’s your turn this year — a stone from the beach with the beginnings of growth will do – looks like a galleon sailing down the Sound of Mull.

Behold – King Neptune —

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Mmmm – time for another haircut. Isn’t nature wonderful. To think these plants can grow from the back of a stone up near the tide-line where they are briefly covered with seawater but twice a day.

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Time to put it back where Helen found it —

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and thank her for the use of her photos —

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with a couple of my own —

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Tonight’s sunset on Bardrishaig 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in Isle of Luing, out and about, Walks

 

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