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Isle of Gigha.

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We have had the pleasure of having a very special friend with us for a few days and what a joy it was.

Peter is a fun filled spiritual man with a zest for life and a love for people.

We were blessed with good weather and Monday was glorious.

Peter had never been to Gigha and was really keen to visit the wee island across the water.

We set off on a somewhat misty morning, but soon the sun broke through and transformed the island.

Peter just didn’t know what he wanted to do first and enthused about everything.

We followed the track to ‘The Wee Shed Gift Shop’ which was just like Aladdin’s Cave.

Peter loved it and asked Caroline the story of the Shed. Soon they were chatting like old friends and laughter filled the air.

Laughter follows Peter.

Lunch at the hotel was a triumph and when we met Alasdair more of the Gigha story unfolded.

Stopping at the shop, Susan continued the welcome of the islanders.

Peter took some time to go off on his own for one of his ‘wee meditations’. He is a spiritual man.

I watched him take in everything as he would stop and just look and breathe in the life-giving fresh air.

Peter has a zest for life, but is living with a cancer diagnosis which he knows will claim that life.

But meantime he lives life as he cuddles the dogs, looks at the ocean, greets everyone he meets and shares his huge capacity to love.

When I asked him about his diagnosis he said: ‘I have lived with God and I will die with God – and that’s all that matters.’