blimey sunday was busy, no wonder we are all knackered today. Michelle and Arby had a nap after Bruichladdich, then it was off down to Laphroaig for the gathering. The weather had turned, it was overcast with a light soft rain, which seemed appropriate since we were going to stand in a peat field.
Got to Laphroaig and picked up our pack, which contained a pair of green wellies (branded with the gathering 2010), three minatures (10, 10 cask strength and quarter cask), a mini tasting glass and a certificate. Everyone put on their wellies and after some instructions we ambled up to the field. We were then arranged to spell out the letters FOL and our picture was taken from above toasting and raising mini flags. They liberally dished out the festival Carchais, which was quite light and peppery and went down very well (more on this on tuesday, which is the laphroaig open day). Touchingly, they then scattered someones ashes on the field and we toasted those who could not be there (to my shame I cant remember the mans name). The idea was we would then all find our own plot and get another photo. However, the crowd was getting rowdy and it we raining, so instead we all just spread out and had another photo taken. Arby was now being noisy, so we put him in the car and headed off to the barn dance. Hmm, barn dances not really our thing, so we went straight for some food. There were of course several Germans already ahead of us, but we got in quick and had some seafood chowder and more scallops (the ones at Bruichladdich were better). All in all an excellent event and pretty good value at £25, I would recommend it to anyone going to the festival next year