Posts Tagged ‘twins’

The Fairy Glen

July 11, 2016

We’ve just had a week off from a busy bed and breakfast season, enjoying instead a visit by our eldest son and his family. The weather wasn’t great but we got out every day, one of those days visiting the Fairy Glen.

Fairy Glen

Many of our visitors spend time in the Fairy Glen although none have managed to glimpse any fairies. The twins however….



Home again, home again…

October 21, 2013

We arrived back at Garybuie yesterday after our family holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. Unfortunately, having a head full of feathers – too long living with chickens and ducks I guess – I managed to leave my camera in our youngest son’s car early on in the proceedings. He left as eldest son arrived so I’ve been camera-less for most of the week! Andy has now posted my essential bloggers’ tool back to Skye but until it arrives, wee Patrick remains locked inside, un-viewed! Fortunately, Matt took some pictures on his mobile phone – we can only talk on ours! – and emailed them to me so at least we have a few pictures of things to do with twins in the Yorkshire Dales!






Simple entertainment

June 7, 2013

We’re alone once more at Garybuie (apart from bed and breakfast guests of course) and we have some fond memories of our grandchildren enjoying simple things in the glen. The ducks and hens held great fascination and Jake in particular enjoyed stroking one of the ducklings, finding its bill something to giggle about! (Sorry, couldn’t hold the duck AND get a picture at the same time unfortunately!)
duck watching
For once we were grateful that the council hadn’t repaired the many holes in the road, this one, over a culvert, providing entertainment for quite some time…
hole filling
…and as for the wobbly wee tree well, apparently there are few things as funny!
wobbly tree

wobbly tree 2
But my favourite picture is of the twins enjoying the ‘rustic’ transport at Garybuie!

Look who’s come to stay!

May 30, 2013

Now here are some first-time visitors to Garybuie and their arrival has been anticipated for months! Watch this space!



Back packs and a birthday party

January 28, 2013

We’re back on Skye now with the wind howling and the rain pouring! I actually wrote this post on our last evening down south but obviously forgot to hit the ‘publish’ button! So, somewhat belatedly, here is my last post from our trip south.

It was a busy  time on for the last few days, visiting Matt and Sarah and our rapidly growing twin grandchildren, Holly and Jake. The weather was freezing but we still got out each day for a walk, making use for the first time of two new backpacks for the wee ones. Holly seemed happy to be guinea pig while dad and grandad figured out the subtle workings of the new piece of kit (they were far more basic in our day!)

It looks as though Jake is saying, “Do I have to go through all that Granny Skye?”

Under construction

It was all worth it in the end though.

out and about

Especially for Holly when grandad took her to check out the local flora!

Budding naturalist?

And our week ended with the celebration of the twins’ first birthday. (already?!!!)


A slightly belated annual review!

January 2, 2013

As we start the new year, it’s nice to look back at 2012. One of the great things about a blog is that by delving into old posts, the previous year – with all its joy and sadness – is there to be seen once more at the click of a mouse! Some events are still fresh in the memory, others are small forgotten moments waiting to be revealed.

Overall, the year has been an eventful one; our best Bed and Breakfast season to date, a long, dry summer necessitating water re-cycling measures, the felling of the forest opposite our home. How do I condense so many events? A pictorial summary I think, concentrating on the lives connected to Garybuie. Of course the two seriously major and joyous events of the past year were the arrivals of our first grandchildren; twins to Matt and Sarah in January…

Eyes wide open!

… and this snoozy wee fella to Andy and Mary in August…


The arrival of newly hatched chicks and ducklings is a more usual event at Garybuie, although this year the hatching of chicks was a fairly chaotic affair. (Memo to self; get a grip in 2013!) For some reason, our efforts at incubation weren’t as productive as in previous years but also, there were problems on the Broody Hen front! Brenda, our regular broody hen got ousted by our recently acquired Plymouth Rock who became a nest thief!

Nest thief

Poor old Brenda moved in temporarily with the Muscovies until their ducklings hatched and she was unceremoniously evicted by Biggles. Depression set in but then she overcame that, made a new nest in a stand of Golden Rod…


…happily becoming a mum once more!


Brenda’s one remaining offspring from last year decided to follow in mum’s footsteps, making her nest in the adjacent field. Fortunately, we managed to move both her and her two surviving chicks indoors, keeping them safe from bad weather and predators.

Hidden nest

The Muscovies, Puff and Biggles, successfully reared two broods, sharing parental duties as in the previous year.


We incubated Aylesbury duck eggs, obtained from a friend, in the hope of providing His Randiness, MacRae, with some extra female company. Only one of the ducklings turned out to be female however, Jenny, and she spent most of her time with the similarly aged muscovies as the Aylesburys rejected her for a long time. Finally she was accepted only to die suddenly after only a few weeks with her new family.

Jenny's gang!

Jenny’s gang!

Our greatest loss however, was Wallace, only six years old and probably the sweetest natured cat we’ve ever had.


To keep Hamie, our remaining cat, company, we found Patches…the most mischievous, badly behaved cat we’ve ever had! Fortunately, she’s also extremely loveable!


And there’s 2012 in a nutshell, who knows what 2013 will bring? Hopefully you’ll join me once in a while to share the new year’s ups and downs. Happy New Year!

Jenny and Patches

A holiday sandwich

October 13, 2012

We’ve arrived back at Garybuie after our short holiday down south. Travelling back in the car, it occurred to me that the holiday could be likened to a sandwich; scenic travelling and stop-overs providing the top and bottom ‘bread’ layers, with a delicious filling of grandchildren, children and extended family members, mixed with a complementary salad of local walks in the countryside.

We stayed a couple of miles away from where we used to live and although the volume of traffic, people and noise is still a shock to the system, the open countryside wasn’t far away. I think that maybe I’ll allow pictures to tell most of the story – in sandwich format of course!

The bottom slice of bread consisted of our route south, staying overnight in Pitlochry, famous for its salmon ladder (marked), which allows salmon returning to spawn to bypass the hydro-electric dam. No salmon at this time of year though! This particular slice of bread turned out to be thicker than expected as Kevin took a wrong turning and we ended up travelling over the Forth Bridge to Edinburgh!

The accompanying salad…




The all important filling, consisting of the irresistably tender…

…and something with a bit more zest perhaps?

And if we could possibly digest anymore, the sandwich was completed with a final slice of bread; a stop-over at Loch Long, north of Glasgow and some terrific scenery over Rannoch moor and Glencoe…


Young driver gets into trouble!

September 20, 2012

Sorry, but when Matt sent these pictures of the twins today, like a soppy granny  I just have to share!

 “What’s all this then?”…


“No care for pedestrians”…

Worms and other matters.

August 17, 2012

While everything is noisily busy around the place, ducks quacking, cockerels crowing and Huff… well, huffing, we tend to forget about those quiet residents of Garybuie – The Worms! The wee fellas are working well now and are  settled and breeding in their corner of the kitchen. There won’t be compost for a few months yet but I’m getting about a litre of liquid feed every week now…

So, as we leave the worms to continue with their silent endeavours, here are a few pictures from the past couple of days…

…and here’s one which Matt sent yesterday…

And finally, there was a moment of mixed emotions  when we got up this morning; disappointment, excitement and above all, relief! RAIN! Only 8.7mm but it’s the best we’ve had in a long time.

Catching up with family

July 24, 2012

It’s been all quiet on the blogging front for a couple of days as we took the opportunity to travel to Fife, on the east coast of Scotland, where Matt, Sarah and the twins are on holiday with the other new granparents. Fife has a beautiful coastline with higgledy-piggledy fishing villages, dating back several hundred years. We thought it was a great idea travelling across country for a family get together, rather than the usual lengthy journey to England. Obviously we hadn’t accounted for the small, winding country roads of Fife and the journey turned out to be only a couple of hours shorter than the one south of the border! It was well worth it anyway as the weather was glorious and we had a wonderful, if brief, time with our family. Dad came too and met his great-grandchildren for the first time!

It goes without saying that as beautiful as the scenery was, the main attraction was the twins who we haven’t seen since March. Lots of animation, a wide range of newly-discovered sound and smiles galore! Of course, suddenly waking up in strange surroundings with a strong smell of seaweed warrants some serious contemplation…

…followed by some serious toe-wiggling in that stuff called sand…

…and at the end of the day, Jake had to undergo a lesson in The Art of Barbecuing by his dad…”Rotation is the key” aparently!


We had a lovely time, but all good things come to an end and we had to get back to the BandB scene. Although it was sad to leave family behind, we had a nice surprise waiting for us back at Garybuie; Brenda has emerged from her nest with six healthy chics! We’re so pleased for her after her nesting upsets earlier in the season.

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