Funny title I know but its what came to me as I sat down during our enforced power cut. They did let us know and thankfully we had put it in the calendar so I was able to get Stuarts breakfast sorted – always a plus! They are cutting down trees in the glen somewhere, obviously some that have begun to lean a tad too close to power lines during our many storms in during the winter. Anyway I’m not bothered, I have a kettle for the gas hob so if it lasts for more than an hour – well what the heck – I can still make a brew. Even stranger was the fact hat we had a massive power cut in the Highlands last evening. Thousands of homes were effected. We duly issued guests with head torches with spare batteries, tea lights and matches – smiles drop ‘will it last long? Do you often have power cuts up here?’ – we also duly assured them that they would still get breakfast as we had a gas hob. You should have seen their little eyes light up, it was a joy to see.
With new guests in tonight – full house again – we’re nice and busy, although I must say, I am looking forward to Friday when Stuart’s eldest arrives and we get a whole six nights of just family. No getting up at 06:30 or even 07:00 but you can bet your bottom dollar that because I can have a good lie in, I will wake up at 06:30 and won’t be able to get back to sleep again. Murphy’s Law says it will be so.
Today I find I have to change the variety of Jams and Marmalades set out at breakfast for our next set of guests because I have sold all my Summer Fruits Jam and all my Orange Marmalade. This spring has seen the jars, both large and small flying off the shelf (well window ledge in the dining room actually). I like to make a variety of Marmalades – don’t wish to be boring now – such as Lemon & Lime (when the price goes down) – Four Fruit (Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime & Orange), Orange, and Pink Grapefruit (what else can you do with the grapefruits you buy and then no one wants grapefruit at breakfast?). To some I add Talisker Whisky – a nice added warmth, a taster of the glories of the ‘breath of life’ or ‘uisge beatha’ (gaelic) – and they all go down very well I am pleased to say. At the beginning of last year I decided to sell some of my stock as well and you wouldn’t believe the speed that they disappear. The Jams are another thing entirely. Whilst it is accepted that citrus fruits come from abroad (from hot sunny locations), soft fruits, such as Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blackcurrants etc, are all able to grow in the British Isles, a great many of which are also grown in nurseries in Scotland I am pleased to say. So when my own crops aren’t adequate, at least I can buy ‘local’ to make my jam. After assembling the various pots today, they looked like traffic lights: Strawberry Jam, Pink Grapefruit Marmalade, Lemon & Lime with Talisker and Lime Marmalade.
It’s Friday tomorrow – only this Friday is a bank holiday coz it’s Easter weekend. Let’s hope the sun shines like it is now, it would be nice to have it sunny for when we pick up Stuart’s son from Mallaig tomorrow.
Talking of Whisky – well it was a wee while ago – starting up new distilleries is becoming a recurring theme it seems. In autumn, 2012 we visited the Isle of Lewis. We’d never been before so it seemed a good place to have a wee break. Quite by accident we came across a new distillery called Abheinn Dearg (pronounced Arven Jarrick). They had just bottled their first edition of this very blond whisky. We were able to taste the whisky that was just a year and a day old, it was a bit sharp and it didn’t have the depth of the more mature whiskies, but this first edition – now three years old – is being released this October. I believe it will be interesting and will be good to see how it has developed.
Funnily enough, there are also plans for a new distillery on Skye called Torabhaig Distillery at Islornsay, Sleat. I wonder if it will have the smokiness of Talisker? Something else to look forward to – we’ll have to wait and see!