New view

Apart from tidying up, the felling of the forest across the river is almost complete and I just had to share with you the change of one particular view from Garybuie – MacLeod’s Tables. This picture looking down the glen was taken in less than perfect conditions, (and not quite from the same position as the second picture) so you’ll have to take my word for it that at the furthest point of the forest, breakfast guests could enjoy the sight of only half of one of the Tables (and obviously only when weather conditions were better than this!)

The glen

But look what the new season’s guests will be able to see…

MacLeod's Tables

These two flat-topped mountains feature in several Skye legends, one of them being…

“According to legend, the flat summits were created after the visit of Saint Columba to the island. He was not well received by the Chief, who at this time lived in a Dun on the shores of Loch Bracadale, and was refused any hospitality.

St. Columba was invited to preach a sermon in the local church and chose as his theme: “The rabbits have their warrens, the birds have their nests but the messenger of the Lord has nowhere to lay his head.

During the sermon, the skies blackened and the ground shook, culminating in an almighty crash. On leaving the church, the congregation discovered that the tops of the two local mountains had been struck off, creating a bed for St. Columba to sleep on and a table for him to dine at.”

…and another one…

” The Clan Chief of the day, Alastair MacLeod, visited the court of James V. There, the king snubbed
MacLeod, and challenged him to admit that nothing in his remote Highland estate
could compare to the grandeur of the court. MacLeod replied that he could set a
finer table, and light it with better candlesticks. When James visited Skye,
MacLeod prepared a banquet for him on the top of MacLeod’s Table (Healabhal
Mhor), overlooking his castle at Dunvegan. The scene was lit by MacLeod’s
nobles, dressed in their finest, each holding aloft a burning torch. The king admitted
defeat and MacLeod won the wager.”

We travelled to Inverness earlier in the week to do some Christmas shopping among other things, so my paintbrush has had a wee rest. Today though, I had a few hours to get back to my latest model. Can any of you guess who he is yet?



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6 Responses to “New view”

  1. souldipper Says:

    What a thrill to open your post this morning and discover some MacLeod legends and see results of your incredible talent. I’m taken aback by the clarity and vitality of the eyes! The use of the white background while “counting each hair on his head” is so good!

    Look at the folds in the material!

    When I see your work, I’m reminded of a young woman who’s suddenly been recognized and awarded appropriately for her work.

    I say that as a compliment!

    If you like to peek at other works:

    On our honeymoon, when we visited Dunvegan Castle (the draughty ol’ place that it is!) we never noticed the mountains. ‘Course we were limited for time and acting like we were the first to discover marriage!

    Now, I hope you are happy about the clearing of the forest. If that happened here, all h***would break loose! Folks would insist that anyone wanting to see the mountains could ruddy well get off their duffs and walk down the road! 😀

    Off for a drizzly walk!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my painting; you are one of the people who I thought would recognise my model – maybe when he’s complete! I look forward to visiting the link this evening after animal duties.
      Well Amy, there’s only one thing for it, you’re going to have to return to Skye to see all the bits you missed!!! You must have been seriously love struck to miss two mountains!
      As far as the forest goes, yes, we’re really happy. It was planted back in the 70s for the purpose of felling later, so it was to be expected anyway. Back then, trees weren’t planted in an aesthetic manner and could almost be described as a blot on the landscape; very ‘blocky’, if you know what I mean. So now, instead of a dark wall of green opposite our home, we have an open hillside with heather and sheep and cattle…They are going to replant however, incorporating broad leaved species which should (sorry!) not only look better but will create a greater biodiversity.

      • souldipper Says:

        Ton Ton! It’s Ton Ton… and you captured his intelligence! Well done!

      • garybuie01 Says:

        Well done! I guess it’s difficult because he’s out of context. Intelligence, definitely, although according to Celi it’s the face he adopts when she’s packing her suitcase. This picture was last year’s face and he had the same one a couple of days ago. Poor Ton Ton!

  2. cecilia Says:

    Oh, he has the same look today! Watching me pack, that is such a sweet picture, my poor TonTon.. How wonderful that you chose this shot and put it up on this day.. when the photo you used was taken the last time I was packing to go away! Lovely work, just must be thrilled..we are very very honoured.. c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Fancy that! Somehow knowing the story behind Ton Ton’s sad face helps to connect with the painting even more! I’m glad that you like it so far. How is it that animals learn the significance of a suitcase so quickly?!

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