Liv­ing Well on Lu­ing

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE sun shone on the Liv­ing Well on Lu­ing events at the week­end as is­lan­ders and visi­tors en­joyed a se­ries of talks and walks based at the new At­lantic Is­lands Cen­tre.

On Thurs­day night, af­ter a seafood cook­ery demon­stra­tion by cen­tre chef, Vi­las Roberts, fea­tur­ing lo­cally caught lob­sters, prawns, scal­lops and crabs, ev­ery­one tucked into a splen­did seafood plat­ter.

This was fol­lowed by a lively mu­sic and words ses­sion by Lu­ing singers, Kirsty Ma­cLach­lan and Fiona Cruick­shanks, ac­cor­dion­ist, Rachel Cruick­shanks and writer, Nor­man Bis­sell.

On Fri­day, there was great in­ter­est in the il­lus­trated talk, The Rocks of Lu­ing - A Tale of Two Oceans by Lu­ing sci­en­tist, Alastair Flem­ing, which out­lined the move­ment of the Earth’s con­ti­nents over mil­lions of years and the way that slate was formed.

Af­ter lunch, his guided walk along the Cul­lipool shore pointed out basalt dykes that came from the Mull vol­cano and the quar­ries where fel­site and basalt in­tru­sions could be seen in high slate cliffs.

On Satur­day, botanist and con­ser­va­tion­ist, James Fenton, from nearby Seil took a large group of is­lan­ders and visi­tors around Cul­lipool to iden­tify a huge va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent types of sedges, rushes, grasses and wild­flow­ers. He also pointed out how these species were chang­ing over time and the need to man­age some of the land to avoid bracken tak­ing over.

Later that af­ter­noon Nor­man Bis­sell ex­plained the char­ac­ter­is­tics of short po­ems known as haiku us­ing ex­am­ples from Ja­pan and Scot­land, and led other writ­ers on a walk through Cul­lipool vil­lage and along the shore which en­cour­aged them to write their own

Cen­tre man­ager, Laura McIntyre, com­mented: ‘The Liv­ing Well on Lu­ing events at the At­lantic Is­lands Cen­tre were a great suc­cess and showed that we can put on an at­trac­tive and var­ied pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties which is­lan­ders and visi­tors can learn from and en­joy.

‘There are lots more to come this year and ev­ery­one is welcome to join in.’

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