Roinebhal Country House. Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland
We have had quite an eventful summer so far but the main event was Jenny’s wedding which
took place outside in Glencoe at the beginning of July in a small intimate ceremony, highland
style, finishing with a sea food reception.
With just over one month’s notice they managed to pull it off with a little help from the rest of the family. Despite all the rain it was still a wonderful day and something that none of us will ever forget. The happy couple have been travelling through Austria and Italy on honeymoon and returned to Sweden with a visit back through Germany.
We are still reeling from the Brexit result. Something that we are personally very sad about and worried for the future of the U.K. Unless things change dramatically Scotland will now try again for Independence, with Ireland and Gibralter following. It will be the end of Great Britain as we know it.
The sun disappeared in the middle of June and the rain started, unfortunately it hasn’t stopped and what started with a few showers each day has now become heavy rain. The vegetable garden which was a picture in June, looking so promising, is now looking a little bedraggled offering lots of leaf and not a lot of fruit. We have been promised a very hot day tomorrow by the met office so fingers crossed that the rest of the summer will pick up and we will be able to enjoy the rest of July and August in full sun.
Fortunately Ben is now able to work from home and has decided to join us for most of the month. Yesterday in the pouring rain Roger and himself went and launched the boat onto the loch and managed to bring back one beautiful brown trout. He is going to return to SSC Camp this year as a leader which he has enjoyed since his school days. Whilst he has been down in London he has missed out on quite a few years. Hopefully the weather is on the turn and they won’t be rained out.
Broth is still surviving even though Brexit seems to be taking its toll on people buying any luxury goods in the U.K. I think Kim will now have to target the rest of Europe and any other overseas market she can get into. She is planning to visit again at the end of the month for a wee break.
Apart from the family, Roineabhal has been having fun with their workaways. We celebrated Aurelia’s birthday, Beatrice included The B&B and myself in her blog and we have also been able to taste some wonderful French and Italian cuisine these past couple of months. Ida also kindly brought us some delicious Arancini, (a sweet snack made from citrus peel) from Croatia which her mother made; I’ve successfully managed to reproduce it so we will now be able to eat it another time.
Hoping that you all keep safe in these troubled times and that you can all enjoy the rest of the summer wherever you are. Unbeknown to me until yesterday (28th July) Roger announced that he is taking me away for the weekend to the island of Colonsay to celebrate my 60th. Kim has arrived to hold fort along with the 2 workaways, Nuria from Catalonia and Elana from Madrid. Tonight, my niece who is up with her husband and children, are treating us to a meal out at The Taynuilt Hotel which recently celebrated getting it’s second AA Rosette award and Sous Chef of the Year. Hopefully this will give Mum a bit of a boost. She is also celebrating her 96th year on Sunday. So I will wait and continue this newsletter after my return home.
We had a fantastic time on Colonsay. It looked like we were going to have to forgo the whole trip the day before when Caledonian MacBrayne announced that the Saturday Ferry was being cancelled due to necessary repairs. Fortunately we were able to charter a small plane along with another couple who were like minded and whose company we enjoyed throughout the weekend. The wonderful weather helped, only one shower the whole weekend. We walked and hired bikes, visited the isle of Oronsay to see the ancient Priory (St Columba visited there before heading onto the isle of Iona), and enjoyed the endless sandy beaches. The small Colonsay Hotel at Scalasaig was wonderful too, offering delicious food and very comfortable accommodation. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier. We got some wonderful photos including a couple of the local beekeeper Andy Abrahams who we have known for quite a long time. I had suggested when we saw Andy tending his bees that Roger should stop and say hi. After going over about half a field away and taking a couple of shots he then shouted out to say ‘Hello!’ The lesson was then quickly learned that in doing so Roger had threatened the swarm and disturbed the hive. After seeing him resemble a North American Indian performing a war dance and retreating at the rate of knots I realised what was happening. Luckily he got away with only 2 stings and with a little dab of sting cream he was brand new. I only wish that I had been able to video it
We sailed back to Oban on the ferry and were rewarded with the most amazing sunset. Kim who had come up especially from London to help with Roineabhal was there on the pier to meet us along with Ben, Nuria and Elana, my most recent workaways from Spain. It certainly was the most perfect couple of days away. Hard to believe that in another month the summer will be almost over and we will be well into September. Hope most of you have managed to get away and enjoy a well-earned break.
All at Roineabhal