We had a disgustingly early start today, but after that, things most definitely improved. Despite sore throats and blocked noses, we all trooped off into Oban to this year's Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival. Ealasaid only sang in two competitions this year, coming first in the Scots song, with Skyscraper Wean and second in the song from the shows, singing Tomorrow, from Annie, despite her voice disappearing fast by that time. Alasdair was taking part in the festival for the first time too...which meant there was no way on earth Ruairidh wouldn't be participating too! Their rendition of Ten Little Squirrels was one of the highlights of the festival, according to at least one person - it was a unique, fun-filled, enthusiastic performance, which got the biggest cheer of the day in the hall. It wasn't the best musical performance in the world, but their sheer joy at taking part was wonderful to see and promising for their future.