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Looking back

December 31, 2014

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.



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



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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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



February 10, 2014

A very different view for you on this occasion…

Buchanan Street

This was taken on Saturday and there’s not a ridge in sight! This is Buchanan street in Glasgow’s city centre and I swear, there must have been as many people on that street as there are on the whole of Skye! I had been whisked away by Kevin for a city break as a birthday treat and this was the view which greeted us as we emerged from Glasgow’s underground, known locally as the ‘clockwork orange’! It’s smaller than other underground trains we’ve travelled on. Personally I think that it was built by hobbits and look; here it is, disappearing down a hobbit hole!

clockwork orange

Also, the noise in the street was difficult for our countryside ears to adapt to! There was a contemporary pipe and drum ensemble giving it their all just outside the station…

street band

Earlier in the day however, we’d enjoyed some quieter culture in the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum.

Kelvingrove museum

Nouveau handles


Nouveau lighting

We spent some time in the museum part, but the art gallery was where we spent most of our time. One of the most significant paintings there is Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St. John of the Cross’. Spectacular it certainly is but I found it a wee bit unsettling for some reason.


My favourite exhibition was that of The Glasgow Boys…

Glasgow Boys

…and the painting which took my breath away was, ‘The Druids, Bringing in The Mistletoe’ by George Henry and E.A. Hornel in 1890. The two different styles of each artist were quite clear within the painting. I could have looked at it all day!

Druids, mistletoe

cattle, mistletoe

Here’s a small selection of other paintings which I particularly enjoyed…

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

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

'Massacre of Glencoe' James Hamilton 1883-86

‘Massacre of Glencoe’
James Hamilton 1883-86

'Bannockburn' John Hassal 1914-15 (the one WITHOUT Mel Gibson!)

John Hassal 1914-15
(the one WITHOUT Mel Gibson!)

One of Kevin’s favourites…

'Homewards' William Kennedy approx. 1891

William Kennedy approx. 1891

After the Kelvin Grove, we visited the (replica) house of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh. I’d been really looking forward to this, having the chance to get up close to some of his uniquely styled furniture. However, for me it would seem that less is more where Mackintosh furniture is concerned. One or two pieces and I can appreciate the simple, stylish lines of his designs, but a whole houseful was way to architectural, rigid and contrived for my taste. Here is a small selection of his furniture designs if you’re not familiar with them.

Some furniture designs by C.R. MacIntosh

Some furniture designs by C.R. MacIntosh

The soft, Art Nouveau accessories by his wife however were beautiful. Several of her husband’s furniture pieces were adorned with her beaten, silver-plated brass panels such as this one…

A piece by Margaret MacDonald MacIntosh

A piece by Margaret MacDonald MacIntosh

Should we ever return to Glasgow, I think that I would probably like to tour the city and enjoy the architecture of buildings designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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