Oban pro­vides great back­drop for pic­tures

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IT HAS been a slightly cold and damp Easter but busy and en­joy­able, writes Oban am­bas­sador Kay MacDon­ald.

Ev­ery­one I’ve spo­ken to was happy to be here and I spent a lot of time tak­ing pho­tos of fam­i­lies and cou­ples so that ev­ery­one could be in the pic­ture, with­out all the con­tor­tions in­volved in a group selfie.

The bay presents such a fan­tas­tic back­ground for pho­tos that I’ve lost count of the num­ber of pic­tures where I’ve been asked to try to get a ferry or the hills and sea be­hind the cou­ple or fam­ily, and I love the thought that when they look at the pic­tures at home they’ll sigh and wish they were back here.

For those of us lucky enough to live here, the brighter days and lighter nights make it eas­ier to pull your­self away from the TV screen and get out and about, and there’s lots go­ing on to tempt you.

If you would like some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, keep an eye out for, the live screen­ings of theatre per­for­mances at Oban Phoenix Cinema. On Wed­nes­day they had The Aus­tralian Bal­let per­form­ing Cop­pelia.

I’ve been re­ally im­pressed by the range of live screen­ings at the cinema. It is a great way to try things, such as opera, which you might not nor­mally con­sider.

There are also lots of dif­fer­ent films to see this week. If you are one of the few who haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast, it’s fan­tas­tic.

On Fri­day the Royal Ho­tel is host­ing a quiz at 7pm, rais­ing funds for the next Oban High School trip, to Lau­r­in­burg. It will be a wee some­thing to get the brain cells up and run­ning.

And on Satur­day the 73rd Fid­dlers’ Rally is on at the Cor­ran Halls. It is al­ways a very pop­u­lar event to get your toes tap­ping.

So with your brain buzzing and your toes tap­ping, if you’d like to see some of the fan­tas­tic craft work pro­duced by mem­bers of lo­cal Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tutes, then the Lorn Rally is on Satur­day in Con­nel Vil­lage Hall at 2pm. It might in­spire you to find a craft to keep your hands busy too.

If all that takes your fancy is a wee walk in the fresh air, then re­mem­ber to look up at some of the beau­ti­ful old build­ings in the town.

I’m still sur­prised now and again by things I never no­ticed be­fore. Re­cently it was the carv­ings above the Ma­sonic Hall. I had no idea they were there.

Just re­mem­ber to watch where you’re go­ing too and don’t end up with skint knees.

The photo from last week was from the door­way be­side Oban Mu­sic and Books, beau­ti­fully carved, but this week’s photo might be slightly more dif­fi­cult be­cause of the an­gle, so keep your eyes open.

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