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BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis

Eric the Viking 01 May 06 - 04:51 AM
John O'L 01 May 06 - 06:41 AM
akenaton 02 May 06 - 03:25 AM
GUEST,John O'L. 02 May 06 - 07:15 AM
GUEST,John O'L 02 May 06 - 07:36 AM
DannyC 02 May 06 - 08:42 AM
GUEST,leeneia 02 May 06 - 10:06 AM
Cobble 02 May 06 - 11:48 AM
Micca 02 May 06 - 12:35 PM
Alba 02 May 06 - 12:38 PM
Alba 02 May 06 - 12:40 PM
Eric the Viking 02 May 06 - 12:45 PM
Megan L 02 May 06 - 02:47 PM
Micca 02 May 06 - 05:32 PM
Eric the Viking 02 May 06 - 06:50 PM
Eric the Viking 02 May 06 - 07:01 PM
Eric the Viking 02 May 06 - 07:07 PM
Cobble 02 May 06 - 07:51 PM
Eric the Viking 04 May 06 - 08:10 PM
redsnapper 05 May 06 - 05:16 AM
Bob the Postman 05 May 06 - 11:23 AM
John MacKenzie 05 May 06 - 11:49 AM
Megan L 05 May 06 - 02:12 PM
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John O'L 09 Aug 06 - 08:19 PM
GUEST,Bee 09 Aug 06 - 10:34 PM
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Subject: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 01 May 06 - 04:51 AM

Hi all.

Any information at all will be very helpful. Observations, thoughts, ideas, truths or myths will be welcome.

Thanks


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: John O'L
Date: 01 May 06 - 06:41 AM

Dunno but I lived on the Isle of Barra for about 6 months in Autumn/Winter 1987/8 and I loved it.
Stark, barren, windy, silent, sparsely populated with very nice people who, quite understandably, regarded me as a madman.
I lived in a caravan in Lower Borve, on the western side, in full view of the gale, which very rarely ever abated, but which only stopped me from attending the local bar on one night. The wind was so strong that night I simply could not walk against it.
When I say I loved it, I did, for six months. I couldn't live like that permanently.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: akenaton
Date: 02 May 06 - 03:25 AM

Hi John, Used to go with a girl who lived in High Borve, right on the North West tip of Lewis.
When I phoned her we could never hear what we were saying because of the howling wind.
I got "blown out" finally.

Glad to hear you lived on Barra and enjoyed it!!
Love that whimsical sense of humour...one of the best things about this site ...Ake


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: GUEST,John O'L.
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:15 AM


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: GUEST,John O'L
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:36 AM

Dunno what happened then. Or what didn't happen. This is what I wrote that got lost in cyberspace:

Thanks Ake.
I assumed there was an Upper Borve or something somewhere at some time, but I at least expected it to have been on the same island, if in another space/time continuum.
Ah well, that's the islands for you - it's a seperate reality out there.

Something I just remembered: I grew up in a southern Sydney suburb called Sylvania Heights. I met a guy in the Isle Of Barra Hotel who had grown up in Sylvania Heights, and gone to the same schools as me but who I had never previously met or even heard of.
Small world.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: DannyC
Date: 02 May 06 - 08:42 AM

There's a fellow named McIvor here who has emigrated to Kentucky from East Glasgow. He says his people are originally from Lewis - says that they needed to give up the Isles for the factories after having had to subsist for an extended time on a diet of seaweed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 May 06 - 10:06 AM

I visited there, in June a few years ago. It was beautiful, also cold and often cloudy. A person who is used to sun and warmth would probably get really depressed there.

I understand that people are conservative there. Don't move in with piercings or purple hair.

The hostess at our guest house was friendly, her assistant was strikingly beautiful (tall, with exquisite feature and red hair), and they played traditional music on the radio. The only commercial place I've ever encountered in the U.K. that played traditionol music.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Cobble
Date: 02 May 06 - 11:48 AM

Why are you asking Eric?

                Cobble


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Micca
Date: 02 May 06 - 12:35 PM

Eric, I thought "Viking Tours Ltd" (covering the British and Western Europe seacoasts as far as North Africa) went into a decline in business in 1014 AD after the battle of Clontarf and finally was wound up after the battle of Largs 2 hundred years or so later.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Alba
Date: 02 May 06 - 12:38 PM

I have been to all the Brides at all different times of the Year many times. Innse Gall

Lewis, Harris,Barra, Benbecula, North and South Uist, St. Kilda, Mingulay (went there by Fishing Boat but that is wan place I widnae want tae live, well fir a start naebuddy else diz ither.. very beautiful wee Island but eerie, very eerie )

I found everyone very Friendly on all the Islands, brilliant sense of Humour to be found and the Islands themselves not depressing in the slightest during the Winter. Pure serenity. Hard working Folk and sound as a bell in my Book.

If there is one memory I will hold in my head forever it is of the large Ferry from Oban turning into Castlebay, Barra after a bit of a rough crossing in the pounding rain and wind. The weather had eased as the Ferry neared Barra but it was still very dull and cloudy. Just as the Ferry (which dwarfs the Island structures) made it's turn into the Bay, the Sun burst through the clouds, as if on cue, lighting the Castle and the wee Houses leading up the road to the Church and lit the Hill in the background.
It really was stunning.

It depends on you, yourself, and your personality as to wether you would enjoy living on any of the Brides.
I would in a heartbeat but then I have lived in some very remote places, with hard Winters and have become very used to that, love it in fact:)

A completely bias Jude..**big grin**


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Alba
Date: 02 May 06 - 12:40 PM

Largs, Micca. They still burn a Viking ship there every Year.
Many a Summer's day spend at Largs with my Maw and Paw, many a gig played there when I was younger..:)
Brightest Blessings
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 02 May 06 - 12:45 PM

It would seem the "time" is here for striking/mega change. All the conditions are ripe and the runes cast for a change in fate. Lewis (Once a Viking stronghold) could be the place for us to go and live ! All thoughts, opinions and experiences are really needed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Megan L
Date: 02 May 06 - 02:47 PM

Erik if you are going because you are prepared to work hard, be part of the community, without trying to tell the yokels how they should be living andare prepared for the weather then Go.

If you are going to escape from something _rat race , marriage or other problems FORGET IT they follow you. Remember Islanders have lived very sucessfully their island life for generations don't mistake slow and thorough for thick you would be OHHHHHH so wrong :)

Meg on Orkney


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Micca
Date: 02 May 06 - 05:32 PM

I was told by a Uisteach many years ago that when dealing with Western Islesmen to remember that " there is Nothing so urgent to an Islesman that the Spanish term "manana" would cove it" I found the people in South Uist to be among the nicest most civilised and friendly folks i met anywhere in the world.
an illustration
It was very wet Sunday afternoon, my climbing companion and I in Full waterproofs were walking 16 miles back to Lochboisedale to catch the ferry back to Oban.We were passing a remote and isolated pair of cottages when we became aware of knocking at a window and frantic waving, thinking there was some kind of emergency or problem we went to the door, and wer brought into the porch, helped off with our rucksacks and waterproofs and led into the livingroom where we were sat down and served High Tea!!, I just managed to kick my friend hard in the ankle in time to stop her from offering to pay for this hospitality. The opportunity arose(as it always does) before we left for me to say dipolomatically "is there anything we could do for you" Not in Payment ,of course. and the replied they always wanted a postcard of Buckingham Palace, which was duly sent once we got nback to London. My friend was outraged at my stopping her from offering to pay!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 02 May 06 - 06:50 PM

Thanks Megan.

We don't have those problems. We do not need to escape the rat race, though we'd like to slow down a little where we can take time to view the world and life.All things come to pass and this is just the right time for the change. The family are all one on this move. We don't care much for weather,it's much older than humans. We've cycled in blizzards and rain, have waterproof skins and clothes for the cold and wetter days. Love the cold clear days, don't mind the overcast cloudy days. I rather believe that you find the sort of people you want to find. We have always found people who will care for each other (such a many mudcat friends) people who are tolerant and let others be themselves and accept the differences between us all as strengths.(What right have we to change someone?) I work in a special school, but will give that up, but you need tolerance and acceptance that everyone is different and unlike many, I see the value of the person, not how valuable the person is.It isn't our business to tell others how to live, but rather we feel we can learn a lot from them, they have survived on the islands and think of some of the things they have produced. No, I think we have it right in our heads.Where we live now is pretty peaceful and steady. we don't need pubs/clubs nights out in noisy surroundings. all I generally need is a session to play at and other folkies (normally)

Anyway Micca and Kat, there could always be the first Island mudcat gathering in a couple of years time !


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:01 PM

Not forgetting that I'll have to ask Fibs and Letty to come over as well as Richard and Pat etc.The only real concern is making sure it's right for Freja who is willingly giving up friends, theatre and TV work. At 13 I think that's pretty mature but she is keen, so it looks good.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:07 PM

Oh and I forgot one important thing.it will give me chance to get back into mudcat, as it's been ages since I spent anytime here or with my good friends.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Cobble
Date: 02 May 06 - 07:51 PM

Will pm you later Eric.

               Cobble and Mrs C


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 04 May 06 - 08:10 PM

cheers Brian.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: redsnapper
Date: 05 May 06 - 05:16 AM

Go for it Eric if the family all agree!

Thinking about some changes myself.

redsnapper

(will PM you)


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 05 May 06 - 11:23 AM

Be sure to go to church


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 May 06 - 11:49 AM

THE NEW-STYLE CROFTER'S SONG
I M Christie (of Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland)
tune "Road to the Isles"

All the way from Brighton, Kensington and Aldershot we've come,
And we want to buy a cottage here in Skye,
With at least a hundred acres and a view of Eigg and Rhum,
And seclusion, for we're really rather shy.

chorus Electricity and gas we want, with water from the mains,
Easy access from the nearest motorway,
With connections to the telephones and to the sewage drains,
And a Gaelic name that's not too hard to say!

The house must be authentic as a Hebridean croft,
Central heating from the peats upon the fire,
With the space for a solarium and sauna in the loft,
Fitted carpets in the stable and the byre.

To keep our poodles company, we'll breed Jersey cows and goats;
We'll make money selling buttermilk and cheese!
From the Highland Board we'll get a grant to make wee plastic boats;
And to titled friends we'll offer B and B's.

If it's going cheap, we'll buy and put a flagpole on the roof
Upon which whe'll hang a great big Union Jack
Which we hope will keep the natives in their place and give them proof
That old England's days of Empire have come back!

Tongue firmly in cheek yes, but there have been a few 'incomers' who have this mindset, so the natives will be sceptical at first.
Not where I'd chose to live, but a nice part of the world indeed.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Megan L
Date: 05 May 06 - 02:12 PM

All the best Erik it sounds like you are on the right track I moved up to mary a native 24 years ago and would never move back. Manana is way to exciting :) slow and easy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 May 06 - 05:07 PM

Isnt there a Gaelic word a bit like manana , but without the sense of urgency ? Best of luck Eric !


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 05 May 06 - 05:54 PM

i don't mind sceptic, i'll be the same myself of the friendy helpful soul who really wants to know whats in that box, drawer or cupboard or where we come from etc. At least for Freja we can reel of a huge list of stuff she's done on TV etc if they need impressing or want all the info. If they really want to help then that's different. Don't forget we lived in Marsden for years.it's not cut and dried yet, so I am trying to get info of the human not paper kind. As for your song Giok, I've seen it happen in the pennines but not by us, so I don't think we'll do it there. Anyway, I've got to keep trying to proove to the Scots that it was the bloody Normans and the in breeding with the scots, not the Vikings or the Saxons that caused all the trouble everywhere in the UK especially with the fuedal system...still have feu's up there I notice!! Anyway, what'll be will be. With the history of the island having a large viking slice I'm sure it was us that invented single malt !


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 06:58 PM

So, it's settled and we move onto Orkney next weekend !! St Margret's hope on South Ronaldsay. We are busy packing, have the removal firm booked and coming down for next Wednesday night so they can start on Thursday. We should be resident from Saturday 19th. Freja is to go to Kirkwall grammar. Popped into Wrigley sisters a week or so ago, they have some fine tunes going there. I only need to know where the sessions take place..not the public accordion and fiddle club evenings, I know where they are.

This has been carefully planned out. We've made many visits up. Worked hard to get our hoose. Given time to get sorted out after Christmas when I get myself up there permanently, I reckon there'll always be an open door for passing mudcatters, so Richard et al and Letty, and Phibs etc.............

Matthew (No 1 son)started living in Dundee last week. So life is suddenly not the same, many exciting days to come we hope.

Cheers all


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: John O'L
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 08:19 PM

Good luck Eric. I think you'll love it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: GUEST,Bee
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 10:34 PM

It sounds like a lovely life, Eric. I have my own home island to return to - Cape Breton. Years ago, a Glasgow scholarly type 'studying' us Capers passed on this Lewis anecdote to me:

A gentleman took a long holiday in Lewis, and was very concerned with not offending his hosts or the community, so did his best to conform. On Sunday, he went to church, and afterward, being restless, thought he would take a little walk, as that would surely not be considered 'working' on a Sabbath. Off he went, but on returning, he found several elders frowning in disapproval. "Walking about on the Sabbath, Sir!"

"But surely", the gentleman protested "Even Our Lord and Saviour was known to have walked about on the Sabbath!"

"Aye", he was answered, 'But he wudnae hae done it in Lewis!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 09:49 AM

LOL! So, looks like Megan has a new neighbor!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 06:36 PM

You are quite right about Lewis, but Orkney is so much different in attitude and we have made several new friends already before we move completely.Our ferry is booked, our entry date is set and so that's it really. New and different life here we come.Just got to do the house up a bit, but we have loads of time for that, and also register with the scottish gen teaching council, then I can keep my hand in by beating little children and telling them the vikings are back to pillage and rape their sheep.


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Subject: RE: BS: Living on the Isle of Lewis
From: GUEST,Leòdhas
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 06:05 PM

Aye", he was answered, 'But he wudnae hae done it in Lewis!"
surely this was a ned fae glasga. chan eil neach sam bith bruidhinn
leithid sinn a seo.


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