Summertime schedule

Any followers of Garybuie’s blog know that most posts involve our daily routine which revolves around the residents on our little patch of Skye. Some of those residents are permanent, some temporary. Some even reside in the ground itself; vegetables. Of course in the summertime, there’s an  explosion in the number of temporary residents; chickens, ducks, vegetables and equally important – and just as enjoyable – is the arrival of visitors to our bed and breakfast.

A few weeks ago, when I was giving my usual summertime excuses for not posting regularly, one frequent visitor to Garybuie’s blog, Cecilia, a whirling dervish of a lady out there on her farm in Illinois, left a comment which included the following: “…and i am fascinated by your B and B. Maybe you could blog for us how that works!…” Well, here goes!

The day begins between 6.15 and 6.30 a.m., hopefully making myself look presentable enough for guests rather than hens. The first task is to feed the cats. We serve breakfast in the conservatory so tables need to be set…

…followed by a retreat into the kitchen for food preparation as well as grabbing some breakfast myself. At the moment we have four chicken coops containing birds of varying ages, one brooder housing our two-week-old chicks and three duck houses. Kevin’s first job is to let all the birds out to enjoy the new day (We lock them all away at night as foxes are prevalent in the glen) Meanwhile, it’s usually time to wish our guests good morning, take orders and start cooking!

After breakfast, it’s the fun part of the morning; chatting with our guests, offering ‘Tourist Information’ if they need it, perhaps checking the weather forecast or making a ferry reservation and very often answering questions about why we chose this life! If anyone is interested, we introduce them to the Garybuie residents or show them around the garden.

When our guests have departed, the behind-the-scenes work begins with washing the dishes. For most days of the week though, I do have a very eco-friendly dish-washer at my disposal. He’s called Kevin!

 

 

Then there’s the cleaning of the rooms…

…and the laundry…

 

Depending on what time our visitors leave, the behind-the-scenes stuff can take until almost lunch time. Time for lunch then – and the chance to read a couple of my favourite blogs! Slotted between the BTS work and up until 4 p.m., a selection from the following are undertaken: conventional work (Kevin only), regular housework, house maintenance, cleaning out any bird-houses which need it, tending the veg plots, planting new veg, shopping, grass and hedge cutting, accounts.

4p.m. is the time when things tend to go pear-shaped! New guests can arrive from this time onwards. It’s animal feeding/watering time and there, waiting in the wings is the ironing! Out of season, this is my usual blog-time, so you can see my problem!

 

After cooking our evening meal, we manage to eat at around 8p.m. and the last job of the day is to lock all the birds away, which is at around 10.30p.m. at the moment because it’s still broad daylight at that time and although the hens take themselves off to bed in a civilized manner, the ducks loiter, like teenagers on a street corner, no one wanting to look un-cool by going in to bed early! But still, daylight or not, we certainly need our bed so off they jolly well go!

So overall, I think that we’re almost as dervish-ish as Cecilia! Summertime is definitely a time of hard work and long days but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our efforts on the animal and vegetable front are rewarded by delicious, natural and untainted food. And our efforts with the Bed and Breakfast mean that we have the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world. Some people return to us and feel almost like part of the family. Two such guests stayed with us last week; father and daughter, Joachim and Amelie, from Germany who came here three years ago and were enchanted enough by the Isle of Skye – and Garybuie presumably! – to make them wish to return for a longer stay. (Although Amelie was VERY fond of haggis, so maybe that was the attraction!) Of course should any of our guests stay for several nights, there’s considerably less work and the possibility of taking one of our three-hour-holidays in an afternoon!

 

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6 Responses to “Summertime schedule”

  1. ceciliag Says:

    Well you must be dreadfully busy, I get frazzled when Johns KIDS come to stay let alone paying guests. Your conservatory where you serve the breakfasts looks just lovely, that must be a high point of their stay. And thank you for the mention plus the lovely guided tour, how I wish it were me staying but i would have a hard time keeping out of your kitchen. Maybe i could perch on a stool and drink a cup of hot tea whilst beating something and having an early morning natter. c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      You’re right Cecilia, people do enjoy the conservatory, enjoying the views and any passing hens or ducks – it’s better than telly! also, any ladies just can’t resist taking a peek into the dolls’ house! and yes, you’d be most welcome to perch on a stool for a cup of tea and a blether – the subjects we could cover! maybe a soap-box would be more apropriate!!!
      Christine

  2. Le Petit Potager Says:

    I stay with friends in New Zealand who have a B&B and wildlife sanctuary; they used to provide breakfast and an evening meal….It’s such an amazing amount of work. It was a lovely guided tour….you must need the rest of the year to recover! Elaine

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Absolutely Elaine, by the end of the season I certainly look forward to less frantic days. Also, by the end of the season I’m fed up of hearing MY OWN VOICE!!!
      Christine

      • Le Petit Potager Says:

        Oh how funny! A little peace and quiet form your own voice.

      • garybuie01 Says:

        Maybe I should make a wee video about unmissable places to visit on Skye and a potted history of why we came here, then play it for our guests over breakfast while I hide in the kitchen away from myself!!!
        Christine

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