Looking back

It’s weird isn’t it? All year long I think that we’re just doing the same old, same old, which in a sense we are; daily routines are the same, seasonal activities too. But within that daily and seasonal rhythm, many changes have occurred. Of course the weather alone is responsible for many of those changes and our regular shot of THE VIEW demonstrates that to a certain extent.

The View

The view

the view

the view

the view

The view

The view

the view

The View

Of course our other view can sometimes take our breath away too.

sunset

sunset

This year there have been a couple of structural changes around the place; a new conservatory replacing the old…

demolishion

conservatory

…and a new cover for the polytunnel. (The hens are VERY pleased – no leaks in their winter spa!)

polytunnel

It’s the animals however, who contribute most changes within a year. There have been some new permanent residents arrive at Garybuie this year. The Three Musco-teers…

The Three Musco-teers

…and latterly, the Guinea-gang.

guineas

There were plenty of non-permanent additions too. BB became a mum for the first time…

silkie family

…and helped to increase our Silkie breeding stock by two! Thelma and Louise.

silkies

Later, she raised six ‘regular’ chicks. Trusty old Brenda raised an early brood of four chicks and the Nest Thief reared 7. We thought that poor Brenda was doomed after being hit by a car but after some R and R, she seems back to her usual self.

brenda

And how can we forget what was probably the highlight of the year? FORTY-TWO Muscovy ducklings and all within the space of a week!

ducklings

muscovy ducklings

We were fortunate this year as we only lost a handful of young birds. Unfortunately, we also lost Dotty, one of the Musco-teers, who was determined to make a nest across the river, never to return. However, our big loss this year was Hamie.

Hamie

Overall, we’ve had a great year at Garybuie, certainly more positives than negatives. A great growing year for the fruit and veg, more success than failure on the poultry front and our best season yet with the Bed and Breakfast side of things, meeting many lovely people from all over the world. We have taken some time out from our wee patch of Skye this year, visiting Glasgow’s artistic attributes for the first time…

Some furniture designs by C.R. MacIntosh

Some furniture designs by C.R. MacIntosh

Druids, mistletoe

'A Funeral Service in the Highlands' James Guthrie, 1881-82

‘A Funeral Service in the Highlands’
James Guthrie, 1881-82

…and the prehistoric sites of Orkney. Beginning 5,000 years ago in neo-lithic times…

Skara Brae

Ring of Brodgar

…moving on to the brochs of the Iron Age…

Broch of gurness

…through to the Vikings…

St Magnus cathedral

…and the second World War – with everything that came in between!

Created by prisoners of war

Created by prisoners of war

Further time out took us south to see our rapidly growing grandchildren.

Holly and Jake

Patrick

Finally, I’d like to share a touching moment with you. Two of our guests this year, Hans-Georg and Barbara, commissioned a pet portrait for Barbara’s dad as a Christmas gift. Just after Christmas, Hans-Georg sent me this photo of when dad opened his gift. Apparently he was delighted. It was a very kind gesture to let me share in the moment – a lovely gift for me in fact!

Sammy for Xmas

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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8 Responses to “Looking back”

  1. mandala56 Says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours! I’m so glad to be following your posts. Hopefully some day I will go to Skye!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      All the best to you too Jeanne – I’m so glad that you spend time popping in to Garybuie! Should you ever get to Skye, you would be more than welcome at Garybuie and meet the gang!

  2. Teri Says:

    Happy New Year to you all too!! Wishing you many adventures this year!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Cheers Teri! There are one or two Garybuie adventures afoot for 2015 which I shall post about soon!
      Christine

  3. gaye Murray Says:

    Happy new year to your good selves and my old feathered friends!
    Gaye M.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Hope that the both of you are enjoying a warm and sunny 2015! All the best with your year of adventure.
      Christine

  4. kathryningrid Says:

    Indeed, a great lot of changes for one short year! A lovely post. May the year just begun bring only happy changes, and all that is good in the familiar! xo,
    Kathryn

  5. garybuie01 Says:

    Thank you for your good wishes Kathryn. It’s so nice at this frozen time of year to look ahead and make plans for the coming year and wondering what kind of travellers will step over Garybuie’s doorstep!
    Christine

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