Archive for 2018

The Front Page – July 2018

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Though the not-quite-a-drought time eventually ended, summer did not part, as it might have done, at the beginning of July. Though the weather was more mixed there was enough warmth and sunshine to please the throng of visitors who still find in Colonsay comfort in natures natural beauty and a freedom long lost in humdrum urban living. Enough freedom and enough wildness in the spinning frenzy of a Dashing White Sergeant or an Orcadian Strip the Willow, Colonsay style, at live ...

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The Front Page – June 2018

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The warm dry spell that spread across the whole country in late spring and extended into early summer came as much welcome relief for the island after one of the wettest winters in memory.  Ground sodden for months gradually became firm and fit for use, so that farmers and crofters could catch up with work long made impossible. Visitors lucky enough to come in early summer enjoyed the best run of warm, dry weather in perhaps a decade, with heads scratched ...

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The Front Page – May 2018

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Spring came late this year, but by May calving and lambing were well underway on the Kiloran and Balnahard farms.  An incredibly busy time sees long days and short nights for all those involved in the intense, and intensely rewarding, chapter in the annual cycle of the agricultural heart of island life. The beginning of May also sees the annual Spring Festival, which opens just as the Book Festival closes its doors and stretches long into the month, so that ...

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The Front Page – April 2018

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The Colonsay Hotel is open, Easter celebrated, and chocolate eggs searched for, found and eaten. For the island the new season has begun. April is typically the month when, with lengthening days, the sun beats back the last lingering darkness of winter and the island throws off the last weeds of hibernation. After a brief rush visitors over Easter and then a quiet pause, travellers increasingly arrive to explore a land newly revealed and renewed. The sun, whose arc is ...

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The Front Page March 2018

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Easter came early this year, or so it seemed, with the island barely ready to shrug off its winter coat.  Welcomes were warm though, with a sudden surge of visitors and the opening of the Colonsay Hotel signalling a clear start to the season. There have been many preparations for new season across the island, as well as the continuous annual cycle on the island’s farms.

Many enjoy the rhythm and pace of life on Colonsay, and come here for all that ...

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The Front Page – January & February 2018

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The early days of the year see Colonsay quiet, with essential work on the farms, the comings and goings of the ferry, and the occasional hardy beach comber the only visible signs of life. There can be no relief from serving the needs of the island’s cattle and sheep, but for all else, superficially at least, this is a time when everything seems quiet. Those that can fly south do, if not for the winter, then at least for a ...

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The Front Page – December 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • Colonsay prepares for Christmas,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • the end of the beginning for the Keeping Colonsay Clean project.

As with many small, isolated communities, Christmas is a time of local tradition mixed with the challenging practicalities of having a major family event in the middle of winter. At this time of year, ferries are prone to disruption and deliveries, from Christmas Cards to Christmas Cake, are liable to be erratic, late or not happen at ...

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The Front Page – November 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • Colonsay takes a breath as the season ends,
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • New Local Development Officers are appointed.

After the Autumn Festival, Halloween marks a discernable shift in the pace of life on Colonsay. The hectic days of summer, festivals and an island packed with visitors now gone, the community refreshes itself with events to share with each other and a few hardier visitors who find the same pleasure in Colonsay’s quieter side. Attention also turns ...

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The Front Page – October 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • The Autumn Food & Drink Festival
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • a farewell to another island stalwart

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

October and there can be no doubting that autumn is well and truly here, and with increasing risk of stormy weather winter is not far off.  On Colonsay the short days and cooler air are not a call to shut up shop, at least not yet. The Autumn Food & Drink Festival brings a suitably indulgent ...

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The Front Page – September 2017

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On the Front Page this month:

  • The 10th Ceol Cholasa
  • a briefing of island news, and
  • another entry filled Colonsay Show

Late Summer Sunshine 

The celidh season has passed and the weather has the air of impending autumn. The island though still has two treats in store, even before the October Festival brings an indulgent end to the season. September brings two richly contrasting pleasures to the island: the annual Colonsay Show and Ceol Cholasa, the island’s music festival. September is too one of the ...

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