In May we managed to take a week of leave and timings allowed us to travel to the west coast of Scotland including the beautiful island of Islay…a long anticipated destination.
But before this eagerly awaited trip, we launched two new websites: the first for Steven Maude a plumber and builder based in Richmond. The second website launch was for Fountain Chambers Barristers in Middlesbrough and Newcastle.
During May we also worked on many of our existing clients’ websites as the situation changed according to the UK Government’s roadmap and organisations enjoyed increased freedom. Cafes and restaurants were able to open more fully and so their websites advertised these changes.
Ulnaby Farm, one of our favourite places for a lunch meeting, or catch up with friends and family, is set amidst the tranquil, historic farmland and is now open for inside dining…although when the weather is lovely we recommend sitting outside and enjoying the view!
We gave Tall Tales Mysteries a redesign with new images and a darker more sinister feel. Taking part in Tall Tales online murder mysteries was our absolute favourite thing to do in lockdown. The acting team is superb providing participants with a highly entertaining evening.
Work continued on the website for the wonderful TCR Hub and with their capacity to offer projects increasing in line with changes in the English roadmap, there is a lot going on at the Hub! It is such a pleasure to work regularly with the team at the TCR Hub. They are doing a fantastic job. If you don’t know about what’s on offer at this gem in Barnard Castle do take a look.
And so, in the third week of May…we took the highroad ( and Cal Mac ferry!) to Islay. I have wanted to visit Islay since I first tasted the delicious Laphroaig whisky many years ago on the island of Mull. Visiting the distilleries of Islay, where they specialise in the peaty, smoky whiskies is one of the many fabulous activities on Islay which is a delight for wildlife watching, walking, running, cycling and simply looking at the many stunning sea views.
Top of our recommended list for Islay… visiting the RSPB reserves, the wild goats on the cliffs at Oa near the American Monument, Port Ellen is a delight, Finlaggan is magical, the beaches are heaven and …of course, we recommend enjoying a wee dram!
We were delighted to spot quite a few of our favourite Hen Harriers across this beautiful island and its diverse habitat…and of course we sampled a few whiskies, discovering what has become one of our new favourites, Bunnahabhain …which must surely have one of the best views from it’s distillery.