Day 3 Colonsay -The Strand

Today was another day with Islay the collie. Ksllie was away on her last day of bee keeping . Last nights night we watched A Sherlock Holmes film involving Bees! The weather again was superb so we were away for a walk before it gets to hot for Islay.

The Strand :The islands of Colonsay and Oronsay are separated by a stretch of water and sand about a mile wide. This area is known as The Strand. The northern end, nearest Colonsay, is normally a sandy beach, whereas the southern end, nearest Oronsay, is covered by shallow water when the tide is in. When the tide retreats, The Strand can be crossed on foot to reach Oronsay.

Normally if you get the tides right you can walk across to Oransay but not today. We played sticks on the huge beach saw 3 folk. We then wandered the coast seeing purple orchids and so many flowers. It was so quiet for a Bank Holiday and with a light breeze we stopped had lunch and tried to take it all in. There were lots of sheep and lambs about but Islay is so used to them she does not bother. There were also lots rabbits oystercatchers and gulls about. We had a good walk but it was getting hotter so I drove back to our Accommodation to give us both a rest.

Islay in her element.

I thought of poor Kalie in her beekeepers suit in the heat! Poor soul, Islay misses her and every car she sees she thinks it’s Kalie home.

The bee course photo Kalie

Later in the afternoon Kalie arrived back and it was into the wet suits and the sea nearby . Again busy about 6 folk at its peak. I put my wet suit on back to front ! Anyway Kalie was soon in the water the tide was out but it was great.

Even I went in and it was lovely Kalie had a sleep later . It had been a busy weekend for her and I wandered along the water listening to the footy . we had about an hour then a breeze came up and we wandered back.

Surfs up.

After dinner we relaxed and had an easy night. The weather still stunning and we leave today on the ferry. We collect the bees at the Ferry and then take them back to Arrina. That’s after a wander today before the weather breaks.

Kalie in her best place to be .

We have been so fortunate with the weather seen Colonsay at its best. Who needs to travel abroad ?

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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