Happy New Year to all. I'm still enjoying the after-glow of the fantastic time on Islay with friends. I got lucky and managed to sustain enough health to have a few great days. The winds reached 85 mph and we watched spectacular waves crashing on Machir bay and uninterrupted rainbows arching over miles of peat lands. We played poker and listened to Willie Nelson. We had a candlelit power cut, brief enough to be exciting, conveniently ended by dinner time. Our garden backed on to a sandy beach - thank you Tom for generously lending us your great home. I was happy and brimming with gratitude. I can't really say more than that. I'll post photos when I get them.