Sunday, 20 August 2017

Homecoming

Where to start...it has been awhile, pull up a chair the kettle is on.  There are scones, still warm from the oven, homemade jam but sadly no cream.  The family have fed us too well a couple of inches have been added to the waistline.  We are back from our wanderings and have been welcomed back in style.  Neighbours have been amazing watching our cottage for us and collecting the mail.  Our homecoming was a joy, our cottage on this wonderful Island really does feel like home, it has stolen our hearts and we are very happy about that.

Our journey started three weeks ago on a very wet, dreary and stormy morning.  We sailed from Tarbert on the Isle of Harris in gale force 5/6 which made for quite an uncomfortable journey.  Sadly it didn't improve once we reached Uig on the Isle of Skye, the rain and driving winds continued.   The dark skies and heavy clouds made for some stunning photos.  We did have a drive around the Island and manage to capture some of the beautiful scenery.  Another beautiful Island.





We did have a couple of bright moments and a glimpse of the sun but sadly they didn't last for long.





The name of the shop made us smile...



...we did wonder if he really was grumpy!  We were slightly bemused looking for a causeway to cross to the mainland which turned out to be a bridge and certainly a lot shorter than anticipated. The journey through Scotland was a joy marred slightly by the awful weather but the views were incredible.  We stopped for a picnic at Ballachulish Marine and enjoyed the breathtaking sights from the car.


The weather certainly dominated our journey but didn't detract from the incredible views and amazing skies that were a delight, despite it slowing us down.





We have spent quality time with our beautiful daughters and their little families.  How those Grandchildren of ours have grown in such a short period of time.  We certainly had lots of little adventures together, I have so much to share but will save it for another day.  We have Lucy our youngest daughter and her little family arriving tomorrow, they are having a wonderful time in Aviemore at the moment.  I thank you for your patience as I try to catch up with everyone, it may take awhile.  I also thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

See you soon.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Lochs Show

Saturday was the day for Lochs Show, a major event on the calendar for Granny's Scotland as Wilbur calls it.  The day dawned with bright sunshine perfect for the show.  The main attraction was Inch Perfect Trials Display which the boys loved.  They are going to be biking stunt brothers when they grow up.


 
The two bikers were very talented stunt riders and had the audience gripped with their display.
 

 
It was not for the faint hearted...
 
 
There was lots to see and do, a fun family day out that had something for everyone.  Gerard loved the classic cars and tractors, along with the chainsaw carving.
 


 
 
The highland dancing and Lewis Pipeband  were a joy.
 
 
I don't think I will ever tire of the beautiful sound of the pipes and drums. 
 
There were so many categories for the competitions it was a delight to walk around and admire the different classes.
 






 
Whilst I favoured the craft section and admired the skills of the many competitors, Gerard and the children favoured the agricultural sections.
 





 
A fantastic day out with memories of Granny's Scotland to keep them going until they visit again. 
 
At the moment we are preparing the car and packing our suitcases for a trip to see the family.  We leave tomorrow on a Ferry from Tarbert in Harris across to the Isle of Skye and then we will drive across the causeway to the mainland.  A route that we have never taken before so adds a little excitement to the journey.  I will catch up with you all on my return with news of my adventures.  In the meantime take care and look after yourselves.
 
See you soon.
 
 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Failte gu Taighean-dubha nan Gearrannan

Welcome to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and we certainly did receive a very warm welcome.  There are nine house amongst the complex.  One is a Youth Hostel, another four are self catering accommodation and the others are a meeting room, a working blackhouse/museum and a cafeteria/shop.




 
We travelled back in time to visit Taigh Thormoid Anna, back to 1955 to stroll around a working museum to experience life in a genuine blackhouse. 
 





 
A hard life but warm in so many ways.  The peat fire added warmth and the fragrance added to the atmosphere.  The blackhouse interiors had many of the features of more modern "white" houses of the time.



The traditional way of life continues beyond the 1950s but eventually the blackhouses were left with only ageing residents who were unable to maintain them so in 1974 they were moved to local council houses.

There are also two coastal walks, we had a little stroll and explored the top of the world.



Wilbur was the King of many a castle.








Definitely worth a visit.  We then continued along the Westside of the Island with Wilbur and Hector thrilled to see sheep wandering around in the road.  Wilbur also loved seeing the sheep grazing on the rough terrain and hanging off the sides of the mountains.  We certainly had a fun drive and stopped to visit the standing stones of Calanais.



It was a delight to see the two boys wandering around, holding hands and taking it all in.  We talked about how the stones got there and how many men it would need to carry them.




We finished off our outing with a visit to the coffee shop for lunch and admired the view over Loch Roag.
 

 
 
So nice to see the beauty of the thistles along the machair.  The thistle is the National flower of Scotland and also the national emblem of Scotland since the Reign of Alexander III (1249-1286).
 


Hope you enjoyed our little tour around our Island Paradise, its magical powers certainly worked on our visitors who are already planning their next visit.
 
As always thank you for all your wonderful comments, support and encouragement.
 
See you soon.