Good to remind ourselves, as the winter starts to retreat, just what a stunning place is Argyll.
Out at Crinan Harbour [top] and at Crinan [above] this afternoon, a big ketch was out sailing and Crinan Boatyard was working hard on a veritable fleet of repairs outside, as well as on construction work inside.
There were two puffers in care, Aud Reekie – clearly in major refit; and the well known Vic 32 making a bright statement in the sun.
The sudden roar of a fast engine at full throttle saw the stinging yellow coastguard RIB that berths in a nook in the sea wall just outside the canal, come thrashing out and away northwest, either heading in below Creag Mhor or on round and in to Loch Craignish.
The little lighthouse beckoned to the canal entrance; and the canal basin just lay there, basking in sunny contentment.
On the far side of the entrance of the canal into the basin, there is currently an arresting monolith of a piece of granite sculpture, on loan for the time being from its creator, Ronald Rae – Heavy Horse and Foal. It featured in the sculptor’s successful exhibition at the Falkirk Wheel not so long ago.
Standing guard over the sea lock to the basin, the Crinan Hotel promised a great little bar and, maybe, later, a good dinner.
The osprey didn’t show up – but who would live anywhere but here?