Back to blogging!

After over a week away from Garybuie’s blog, it’s good to be back to pass on news of all things nuptual as well as an update on Garybuie goings-on.

On the one hand, the marriage of our son Andy to Mary was an uncomplicated affair, Mary already being  a Delaney. On the other hand however, choosing to hold the reception in a marquee certainly provided a whole host of complications. Despite rain, rain and more rain recently, weeks of hard work by the bride’s family – and Andy too – ensured that on the day of the wedding everything was perfect. Even the sun came out! It was a close thing though with several last minute finishing touches, so last minute in fact, that the bride’s father didn’t manage to get into the shower until after 1 pm. The wedding was at two!!!

Wedding morning preparations
Wedding morning preparations

A ‘HOW WIERD IS THAT?’ STORY: When our boys were young, the path along the edge of the field which held the wedding marquee  was one of our regular walking routes. At that time there were very often cows in the field along with their ‘by-products’! Needless to say, steering small children around such obstacles was always a challenge and a significant part of any walk. All those years ago, it was Matthew, our eldest, who came up with the title of ‘The Cow-Poo Field’ which has stuck firmly ever since! Who’d have thought that one day, a quarter of a century later, our youngest son would spend a significant part of his wedding day in The Cow-Poo Field!!! How wierd is that?

Making things official!
Making things official!
Mr and Mrs Delaney

Mr and Mrs Delaney

 

Proud mum

Proud mum

 It was a lovely day. Andy’s bride looked beautiful and smiled the whole day through! If you’d like to see some of the official wedding photos, then go to www.tompollockphoto.com and type in: maryandy on the guest login page. And last but not least, the first dance by the new Mr and Mrs Delaney. Admittedly I’ll never be a Speilberg, but at least it’s the right way up this time!!!

Not only did we enjoy going back to Lancashire for the wedding, we also took the opportunity for a few days holiday/visiting friends. We managed to find a lovely self-catering cottage not far from our old home on a farm. It was great as we could enjoy seeing someone else’s animals and not have to do all the chores! It’s certainly a lovely place for a family holiday where you can get some hands-on farm experience. Maybe you might like to pay a visit at  www.cronkshaw.co.uk  

Cronkshaw Fold Farm

Cronkshaw Fold Farm

Of course while we were away celebrating and having a relaxing time, someone had to take over all the work at Garybuie. Usually when we take a break from life in the glen, our friend and neighbour Gerlinde along with Mark, her able assistant, do the honours. Unfortunately on this occasion, Mark had to assume full animal husbandry responsibilities as his good lady was laid up with ‘flu! The poor soul had his work cut out for him as it’s our busiest time of year on the animal and garden front. Nevertheless, he rose admirably to the task and did a grand job!

Relaxing after challenging week

Relaxing after challenging week

As well as his new- found skills in animal husbandry, Mark  also writes poetry. In fact later this month sees the launch of Da Thaobh a’ Bhealaich/The Two Sides of the Pass, a book of bi-lingual poetry in Gaelic/English of which he is co-author with another Skye resident, Miles Campbell. If you want to know more about Mark’s work, then visit him at www.markogoodwin.co.uk.

Anyway, after all the celebrations we arrived back on Skye earlier this week, welcomed by gale force winds and horizontal rain throughout most of Scotland! But now things have calmed down somewhat and the weather is beautiful, the mornings having a real autumnal feel to them. Life at Garybuie has resumed its daily routine, including still being fairly busy on the B and B front. One sign however that our busy season is drawing to a close, is that Kevin ‘harvested’ our first chicken at the weekend! He weighed in at just below a respectable 1.5 kilo and it was lovely to taste a  home grown bird once more – delicious!

You pluck 'em, I'll cook 'em!

You pluck 'em, I'll cook 'em!

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