Wedding Days…….The ‘Hello’ version.

The wedding week is over, the last guests left yesterday and now the house is quiet, we can take a deep breath and take stock. The photos have been coming through by email and here is a selection we have chosen which tells the story, from a week last Friday.

The Big Smoke

The Big Smoke

This was the last photo I took at the Friday wedding of Eilidh Ann and Alasdair in the Portree Community centre, a great day, a little wet at night but no word of the gale next day.

The Friday night wedding was great but the photos were a bit blurred, don’t know why!!!!!!

Pam with a well known Electrician

Pam with a well known Portree Electrician

We woke up early, went round to Pam and Kevin’s. No sign of life. We went back around 9 am suspecting that we would not be going back to Rona, only to find the skipper and crew togged up ready to go. But by the time they got out to the boat it had become very stormy and the journey back to the slip after the call off was hairy (and wet) for them.

Gale Force

Gale Force

The picture does not do the weather justice, suffice to say this was a week last Saturday in Portree when we were storm bound, force 8 at least, waves breaking over the boats in the bay but calm at 2.30pm and we were on our way.

Shoveling sheep s**t

Shoveling sheep s**t

We arrived home after a relatively calm sail although Lorraine might not agree. With the help of Murray, my son and his partner Stacy we put our heads down and ‘tried’ to get things ready, the last job on Sunday was clearing the sheep mess (plenty of it) from what is left of our lawn.

What a Start.

What a Start.

It was a very nice picture to waken up to (at 6.30am) on our wedding day.

The Table is nearly there

The Table is nearly there

With the boats on their way we were going hammer and tongs in the kitchen, just about getting there and with 20 minutes until the first boat we were all putting the wedding cake together, nightmare.

MV Aspire on route

MV Aspire en route

Enjoying a Refreshment on Route to the Wedding

Enjoying a Refreshment en Route to the Wedding

MV Seaflower arrived with the prawns and salmon and that finished the table.

The Spread is Set

The Spread is Set

A surprise (beautifully prepared) second wedding cake arrived from Pam on MV Aspire (tastes very good too)!! More goodies arrived on MV Stardust. Much Appreciated.

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Then it was off to the cave:

Emma and Greg all the way from London and Ian Hiding.

Emma and Greg all the way from London and Ian Hiding.

Heading Down to The Cave

Heading Down to The Cave

The Wedding Limousine Arrives

The Wedding Limousine Arrives

Last Minute Nerves

Last Minute Nerves

Patiently waiting

Patiently waiting

Nearly There After a long Wait

Nearly There After a long Wait

The Bride and Groom

The Bride and Groom

Support from Murray and Stacy

Support from Murray and Stacy

The Reception

The Reception

All too soon the seats were empty and the day guests were away.

All too soon the seats were empty and the day guests were away.

A Wee Party to Finish

A Wee Party to Finish

We had a break whilst the guests headed home, I guess some had a real tiring day!!!!!!!

Flakers.

Flakers or maybe resting his eyes?

Our thanks to everyone who came, to Murray and Stacy for their help all week. The kps and staff that dropped in and for everyone’s generosity and support. Finally to Donnie G and his wife Debbie for their great support and company.

Thank you all.

 

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About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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