Blessings of Island Life

Thankful for Island Blessings - An Island Family By Grace

In the past month, I think it could be safe to say that we have had more dry, sunny days than we had in the whole of 2015. The weather and the scenery have been really beautiful and we have definitely been enjoying the blessings of island life.

Last week, our children swam in the sea 3 days in a row. Bearing in mind, of course, that this is Scotland, they were wearing wetsuits, but it has been such a contrast to wearing wellies and waterproofs for about 350 days last year (OK, maybe less, as we only arrived on the island in February!) I grew up on the west coast of Scotland, so I was used to midges and rain, but 2015 really was something else!

Anyway, last Tuesday our neighbours (who own the Soay sheep that I had a photo of in my Spring Garden post), kindly took my husband and the children out on the sea in their small boat. Here was the result:

Fishing Success - Blessings of Island Life - An Island Family By Grace

They also saw lots of jelly fish and the beautiful sunset pictured above, but the best part was enjoying the mackerel they each caught for breakfast the next morning!

Fried Fish - Blessings of Island Life - An Island Family By Grace

We fried the mackerel with ground pepper and Hebridean sea salt for breakfast!

Last year we had fished from the shore with the family who came to help us replace our roof, but only one of the young men of the family was able to catch anything, so it was nice for our children to have some success this time. They finished off their evening with hot chocolate and some rhubarb muffins which my son had made, so they were tired but happy.

This summer we will not be going away anywhere, due to concentrating on the rest of the roof and getting ready for the arrival of our 5th baby, but hopefully we will have lots more opportunities to enjoy the blessings of island life, whether they include fishing or otherwise!

What blessings are you currently thankful for? Please leave a comment and let me know.


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13 Comments on “Blessings of Island Life

  1. There is so much in my life to be thankful for! We are expecting our second baby (due in just about 4 weeks). Last summer we moved across the country and in the year since we moved we’ve made wonderful friends, found a great church, and have purchased a house that is perfect for us.
    Thanks for encouraging us to dwell on these wonderful things today!
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  2. Beautiful sunset picture.
    How long did it take to get the fish?
    Well done guys.

    • Thank you Alisha. We had heavy rain yesterday, but happily it is sunny again today! Yes, we occasionally have fish for breakfast, usually with bread and butter, and those who like it have some sort of sauce like tomato ketchup!

  3. What a fun trip! It’s amazing how well kids dive into new experiences. Thank you for sharing your outdoor post on today’s Maple Hill Hop!

  4. Sounds great Gwen! We are really spoiled here in Florida. We can go swimming almost all year round though we don’t because our blood has thinned from the hot weather;) We go to the beach almost every week. We also have a little boat that my husband takes my boys out in. We are blessed with fresh fish almost every week. It’s so good! So glad you got some dry weather. In the summer we go out in the morning and then in the afternoon we usually have thunderstorms. Excited for your new arrival!

    • I hope one day you get to do that, Sarah! And yes, we really are thankful to be here 🙂

  5. I just came back from island hopping but we only did swimming and exploring. We should’ve done this too. 🙂

    Happy weekend!

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