Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

Ar­gyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell is a keen con­ser­va­tory viti­cul­tur­al­ist. Mr Rus­sell said: ‘We had vis­i­tors this af­ter­noon who ex­pressed, as many do, sur­prise at the pro­fu­sion of grapes grow­ing in our con­ser­va­tory. We have got used to them. ‘Year by year this Ar­gyll har­vest seems to grow though that has hap­pened only af­ter many years when the vine didn’t look as if it would sur­vive an­other sea­son. Long may it last, not least be­cause the whole thing pro­vides such a fea­ture and such good shade on a hot day.’ Last Sun­day, Mr Rus­sell posted a pic­ture of this year’s bumper crop on to Blip­foto. Mr Rus­sell has sub­mit­ted 2,962 images, at the rate of one per day, to the photo shar­ing site orig­i­nally cre­ated by Joe Tree in Ed­in­burgh. It is now a Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany hav­ing launched a crowd fund­ing scheme in 2016 when faced with liq­ui­da­tion. Mr Rus­sell added: ‘I will reach my 3000th Blip in Novem­ber. But the first 100 or so weren’t con­sec­u­tive. I will have done eight con­sec­u­tive years (post­ing ev­ery day) on Hog­manay.’

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