I was in correspondence with Ruari Cumming ARPS today. Members might remember his wonderful talks on the Hebridean Islands. Ruari recounted this little story for me…
I landed from the ferry on Colonsay in the Hebrides on 9th May. I am involved with the “Festival of Spring” there each year.
I went into the exhibition by the ferry terminal to “report” to the island’s “Festival of Spring” organiser.
She was quite excited and after calming her down, I enquired why she was so “up beat”.
“Well”, she said “a couple just popped in here, before boarding the ferry you have just come in on.”
“So?” I replied.
“Yes,” she went on, “they have been on the island for a week, I think”.
“They told me they were from Marlow Camera Club”.
“Oh yes?” My ears pricked up.
“They told me that they had visited Colonsay as a result of the wonderful way you portrayed the island in your presentations, which they had seen at Marlow Camera Club”.
“They said all that you had shown was exactly as it was and they hoped to return again another year”.
She continued, “I did ask them their name, but they said that you wouldn’t know them”.
I thanked her and headed for my lodge. I enjoyed my glass of whiskey that evening, warm in the knowledge that I had inspired at least one couple to visit the Hebrides!