Islay…where does a girl start…possibly somewhere between a whisky tour (it has to be Bruichladdich given my love of their astounding gin – The Botanist!) and a pint of prawns & scones down by the harbour in my favourite village of Portnahaven!
So last week was my 2nd ever visit to this little piece of heaven and as I scrolled through the photographs on my return I am still caught off guard and truly astounded by the beauty of this place. Those of you who know me know that I love to travel and I have been to a fair few far flung places so far. But in recent years I am finding myself seduced by some of the fabulous nooks and crannies of Scotland and spanning into Europe. But there is something really special about Islay and I am not sure what that is. I seem to meet kindred spirits, experience outstanding skies and find myself refreshed even when I feel quite exhausted on arrival.
So allow me to share the ever changing skies of Islay with you…Some of you may remember an image I created during my first visit to Islay in July 2011 called “Beauty in your Brokenness” It was of an old, tired but quite majestic boat which I stumbled across down at the boathouse in Portnahaven. It totally captivated me and when I got home I decided to create a vivid digital art piece which I have added at the bottom of this blog for you to see. Well span 2.5 years and I was desperate to see if it was still there. And it was. She’s not in quite the same shape but without further ado, here is that old boat that I am so drawn to. I am heading back to Islay in a couple of weeks and I am planning to head on down to the boatyard and see if anyone is there to tell me a little about this beauty’s history.
I am suitably curious :) I’ll be sure to let you know if I find out any more about her!So there she is…can you see the attraction? I love this place in a very simple way. The light, the clouds, the beauty, the calmness and peace, the constant views of water and wilderness. It’s soul food – I swear! Somedays you just realise how many things there are to be thankful for. Somehow Islay helps me do that!
And here’s ‘Beauty in your Brokenness’ for your pleasure. I think you can expect to see something of a series developing from this beauty…
As always, my heartfelt thanks for stopping by, Jacqui x