Posts Tagged ‘WWOOFers’

In safe hands

October 16, 2015

Although vegetable production has been a disaster this year, our poultry breeding program has been very successful, the garden being well populated by the ‘Garybuie Gangs’!
Mrs Under-by’s gang…

Mrs Under-by's gang

…the Guinea Gang…

guinea gang

…Polly Blue-tail’s Gang…

Polly Blue-tail's gang

…The Shed (small) Gang…

The Shed Gang

…The Surrogate Silkie gang…

Surrogate Silkies

…The Turbo charged gang, our only hand-reared chicks this year, who are always so thrilled about getting up in a morning, I can’t catch them on camera…

Turbo charged gang

…and finally, the polytunnel gang.

Polytunnel gang

A lot of birds, a lot of work. We have just arrived on the Isle of Mull for a long-awaited holiday, so we needed someone to take care of our wee beasties; Yohan, another WWOOFer, has been getting to know the routines for the past few days and so we leave everyone in his very capable, French hands!


As I write, I am looking at a view of the harbour in Tobermory. We’re staying in a wee apartment on the top floor of the red building.


Gradual return to normality

September 22, 2015

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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