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Madainn mhath! (Good morning)

Sorry I haven't been around for ages, had endless problems connecting to the internet on my laptop and thought it was conking but turned out to be the internet that was the problem. Phone signals also rubbish, no EE again this morning. So anyway, I just sort of gave up going online for the summer so need to catch up!

The house is currently in a bùrach as we are having new flooring but the downstairs floors have to be levelled first so everything has to be moved out of the room and stuffed in the other rooms...such fun Very Happy

One of my sons hit a deer early this morning on his way to work - they are a menace here, a friend's car was written off by one a couple of weeks ago. Other son has gone to see what's what but not heard anything more yet.

Hope everyone is good and had a a lovely summer, weather wasn't too bad here, lots going on, loads of camper vans clogging the place up Rolling Eyes Very Happy

Posted at 19th Sep 2017 - 08:07AM   Posted by Bradan   Madainn mhath! (Good morning) Comments: 19

Fennie's Avatar Good morning, Bradan. Good to see you back. We've missed your Mid-Atlantic tales and everyday when the weather forecast shows belts of rain and cloud sweeping over the country I think of you and the poor sheep (and farmers) huddling in coats and wetness as they were back in June, waiting to cross the road, though it was no dryer on the other side, but maybe the grass was fresher. Anyway good to have you back again and a touch of the Gaelic, that is seldom heard. When did you learn Gaelic? It seems a difficult language, but perhaps no more so than Welsh. Pob hwyl! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Sep 2017 at 08:20AM

Withy Brook's Avatar Closely related languages, Fennie!
Yes, it is good to have you back. Have thought of you when they have forecast gales etc.
As for Northumberland, after a warm and dry start to the summer, we have had far too much rain and everything has grown into a jungle! Not warm enough for me!
However, the Nono and octogenarian have really summered quite well!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 19th Sep 2017 at 09:21AM

Withy Brook's Avatar Forgot to say that deer can do a lot of damage. I have been lucky - the largest animal I have hit was a badger.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 19th Sep 2017 at 09:23AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Ciamar a tha Bradan?

Our weather forecast is populated by Cooers these days, we watch it and say "Oh dear Bradan's getting thumped again" or "Fennie will be having a soggy walk today." Laughing

Good luck getting the new flooring done Bradan I'm sure it will be lovely once its done.
I'd really like to gut out attic and have a good clear out but we simply have no place to put the stuff until we sort through it... we'd have to put a small container in the drive!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Sep 2017 at 10:14AM

Camilla's Avatar Hi Bradan,

Good to see you back and to know that you are well, sorry to hear about the Deer, my daughter hit one last year I think very sad but nothing one can do when they just jump out from nowhere right in front of you when you are driving and of course they can cause a lot of damage to the car.

How is your little grandson doing ?

We have had a very hot summer this year but won't be liking the darker afternoons after 4pm as we head into Autumn and Winter.

Hope all goes well with the new flooring Bradan.Very Happy

I am with EE too but see in the local news last night that apparently Norfolk is on the bottom of the list when it comes to good signals in the Internet . HL bought me a new laptop last week as could not access internet on my old Windows anymore and it was saying my browser was not compatible anymore . Love my new laptop but can't get used to it yet as waiting for a new mouse I much prefer using a mouse .

Very busy here in my new abode with the parking so many visitors over the summer holidays it was like Picadilly CircusVery Happy most folk gone back home now next lot I expect will be at Christmas.

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Sep 2017 at 10:54AM

Faith's Avatar Lovely to have you back with us Bradan.

Posted by: Faith on 19th Sep 2017 at 11:44AM

Bradan's Avatar Fennie - Gaelic is heard all the time here and even our cats know what it means when we say to them "Faigh sios agus mach à seo." when they're messing about in the kitchen! Very Happy

Withy - Good to hear you have both summered well. the badger.

FN - Tha gu math, tapadh leat, ciamar a tha thu-fhein? A bheil Gàidhlig agad, FN? Haha yeah, have thought about a container too

Camilla - My grandson is doing great, thank you. Hope you get your laptop sorted soon and have lots of fun with it.

Faith - Thank you, it's nice to be back I hope I manage to stay back for a while this time!

Yes, the flooring will be worth it I guess but will probably show up all the other tattiness Very Happy

Posted by: Bradan on 19th Sep 2017 at 03:38PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Ha gue mah tapa lah too bye ra way Bradan. Laughing

Sorry Gaelic is not my strong point I only know the very basic please and thank you kind of phrases and only phonetically unless I look it up. I gave one Great Grandmother that came from Barra but all the rest of my family are east coasters from Tain, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire.

A friend of mine once hit a deer with his police car one night, it was on a tiny single track road with steep rocky sides so there was no place to safely put the carcass except in the boot, which he thought would also be good proof of why the car was in such a state, he got back to the station reported the damage to the car and the Inspector confiscated the deer... then gave him half of it back a few weeks later neatly butchered. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Sep 2017 at 03:53PM

Fennie's Avatar Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Sep 2017 at 04:02PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Hi Bradan
good to see you back with us purple cooers again. it may be hard to believe but even in Sussex we have a major deer problem. They are just about everywhere and are a real menace.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 19th Sep 2017 at 05:13PM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you Bradan, very pleased to hear your little grandson is doing okay .

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Sep 2017 at 11:44PM

Bradan's Avatar Lampie, I can well believe it, they're a pain Evil or Very Mad

Posted by: Bradan on 20th Sep 2017 at 08:05AM

Bradan's Avatar FN - do you still have Barra family, I might know of them. I'm not in Barra but know people there.

Posted by: Bradan on 20th Sep 2017 at 08:10AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I have no doubt there are relatives there as she was a Christina Martin and we know already from island locals that the Martins on Barra and Harris are all related... actually we're not entirely sure if she was born on Barra or Harris.

We once had a lady came into our post office who was the spitting image of her and my Mum said "I just have to ask you, your surname wouldn't happen to be Martin would it?" it was indeed and she thought it was amazing we recognised the likeness. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Sep 2017 at 10:34AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar She would have been born around the 1870's Bradan and Married a David Ross from near Invergordon.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Sep 2017 at 10:36AM

Bradan's Avatar Oh that's interesting FN, that it could be Barra or Harris, they're so far apart from each other and such very different islands and people. Very Happy

Posted by: Bradan on 21st Sep 2017 at 11:07AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I suspect she may have been born on Barra but the family moved to Harris later. How she ever came to meet a farmer from Invergordon we'll probably never know. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 21st Sep 2017 at 01:17PM

Bradan's Avatar I wonder was she maybe in service in Invergordon or surrounding area, that's how many young women met husbands outwith their own place.

There's loads of information on the Scotland's People website, my neighbour has traced her family tree extensively on there. Not sure how much it cost her though!

Posted by: Bradan on 21st Sep 2017 at 03:45PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I've gone as far as I can without starting to pay but since all the sites put a time limit on your credits I would have to have a long open window of spare time to make it worth starting digging any further.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 21st Sep 2017 at 03:55PM

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