So, for those of you who had been following my postings, you can't have helped noticing that they stopped. I won't lie to you, I have no good reason for this whatsoever. I could wax lyrical about the vicissitudes of everyday life, the overwhelming demand for my oh-so-precious time or the paucity of worthy topics to write about. I could weave you a tale of my time as a humble Emu-rancher in the Australian outback or the time I dedicate to all the worthy charitable endeavours that are no doubt deserving of it. But I won't lie to you. Instead, I'll come clean and admit that I got lazy. For this I beg of you 1000 of your finest copper-bottomed pardons.
For those of you who didn't notice the downtime, sorry for wasting your time with the last paragraph. OK - apologies out of the way. This blog started in a most haphazard manner on an afternoon because I was bored and had a dram in my hand. If you are reading this, I'm hoping you are the type of person who reads 'afternoon' and 'dram in my hand' as a perfectly everyday statement (I didn't say first thing in the morning!) If not, this may not be the blog for you. In my defence, I remember it as late afternoon. As with anything started on a whim, its future was a tenuous concept at best.
Having said that, here I am again. I find myself back at the keyboard and wanting to bring some semblance of order to this otherwise chaotic endeavour. I have decided that Friday is a great day for a whisk(e)y post. You're easing into the weekend, shaking off the dust of work and getting ready to put your feet up with a dram. I am aware that I have made myself sound probably double my age but anyone with a passion for this marvellous spirit to which we find ourselves inexorably drawn you will understand.
This Friday I will be starting to write about a recent trip I took to Islay. I promise this will appear and be followed every Friday by another post of some type, be it tasting, cocktail or travel. If you have forgiven me, I will see you then. If not, call by anyway. It was a hell of a trip and you might just enjoy yourself. As a liquid amuse-bouche I have included the photo of my haul from that trip which will give you a good idea of the route we took.