Gradual return to normality

We’re in the final couple of weeks of our B and B season and I’m looking forward to cooking the last breakfast I can tell you! It’s been another successful season and evening meals have proved to be more popular than we thought for the first year.
Out of the whole season, last week was probably the most hectic, on a social level at least. We started the proceedings with a flight south to celebrate Kevin’s mum’s 80th, grabbing the chance to see our grandchildren too.



The party was a great success, although I have no photographic evidence as I forgot completely about my camera whilst catching up with relatives who we’ve not seen in 20 years!
Garybuie was in safe hands during our two-day flying visit as our first WWOOFers stepped in to help. Lorenzo and Giulia from Italy learned their baby-sitting duties fast and did a great job. We spent more time with them on our return and they dug up our main crop potatoes (the haulms were dying back early this year) doing a thorough job of weeding the cleared plot while Kevin and I collected some bags of manure from new horsey neighbours in the glen. We then had another birthday to celebrate – Lorenzo’s. And just add to the excitement, my cousin phoned on his birthday morning to say that they were camping on Skye and en route to Garybuie! Anyway, the more the merrier for Lorenzo’s birthday dinner…

Lorenzo & Giulia


We all enjoyed some birthday cake and Lorenzo finished it off for breakfast!!! Cake for breakfast in Italy is quite normal apparently. I think I’ll stick to porridge!
Our young Italian friends left the following morning, slowly making their way home to university life. My cousin stayed a couple of days longer, helping us celebrate ANOTHER birthday – dad’s this time. They had an interesting wee run-around hidden in the back of their camper; a forty-year-old Honda 90cc bike. For some strange reason, Wallace and Grommet came to mind…

Julie & Geoff

Julie & Geoff

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8 Responses to “Gradual return to normality”

  1. Cecilia Mary Gunther Says:

    So glad you had good wwoofers – what a treat! I love having kids in the house again! Sounds like you had a great summer!! c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Business-wise yes, it’s been a great season. As far as the veggie garden and the weather, pretty dire really. We’ve felt SO sorry for our holiday guests having to make the most of grey, wet and miserable.

  2. writeanne Says:

    Family get togethers are extra special, aren’t they? Even more so when you live far apart. Enjoy your off – season when it comes. Sounds like you deserve a break ๐Ÿ™‚

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Oh I agree Anne, those get-togethers are wonderful – in an exhausting kind of way! We’re both looking forward to getting the house back to ourselves as well as a holiday on Mull, an island that we haven’t visited yet. I’m hoping to visit Fingal’s cave.

  3. recyclersa Says:

    Those twins are growing up fast ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy your breather at the end of your season. Nice to chat again. Laura

  4. garybuie01 Says:

    They certainly are Laura, we notice the difference when we get together. ‘In the Flesh’ is so much different than Skype! And yes, it will be nice to get to the chatting season once more!

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