Over The Sea To Skye

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Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclouds rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.

Though the waves leap, so soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean’s a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.

Many’s the lad fought on that day,
Well the Claymore could wield,
When the night came, silently lay
Dead in Culloden’s field.

Burned are their homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men;
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again.

“The Skye Boat Song” is a Scottish folk song recalling the escape of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

It tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie escaped in a small boat, with the aid of Flora MacDonald, disguised as a serving maid, and the song was first published in 1884.

I love this old version, sung by The Corries, a Scottish folk duo that I remember going to see in concert in the 1960’s, when this recording would have been made.

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Having just spent a week on the beautiful Island of Skye, I thought I’d share that lovely song with you, as well as some of my photographs, though they do not do the scenery justice. Blessed with sunshine most days, we saw the island at its best, but I’m afraid using my iPad as a camera was far from the best way to capture its splendour.

However, I hope it gives you at least a taste of the atmosphere and awesome beauty of The Island of Skye.

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Me, sitting on the rocks in Tarskavaig Bay, one of my favourite places. It was incredibly peaceful.

image But then, so were most places on Skye.

image A cheeky wee chaffinch sharing our lunch.

image This was the view from one of our windows.

image Just to show you we didn’t have sunshine every day!

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As for Camp NaNoWriMo, well, I managed to write every day and keep ahead of my target word count, so that can’t be bad. Plus I did a lot of exploring for locations to use in my novels and gleaned much useful information through chatting with local people wherever I went on the island.

And, just to finish with a smile…

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 02:42:31

    Beautiful lyrics and great pics Christine. Looks like you had a great time. How are you? Have not heard form you in awhile 🙂

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    • cicampbell2013
      Jul 09, 2014 @ 12:40:25

      Thank you, Yolanda. We did have a great time, but very intermittent, weak phone or internet signal most of the time, so have yet to check all my emails and notifications etc. will take a while I think 🙂
      I’m okay, recovering from a nasty fall the night before went away. Lots of bruising and several bashed ribs. Ouch! Limited my mobility a bit at first, but had wonderful time anyway. Probably should go for x-rays cos still very sore. Thank you for asking. Hope you are well xxx

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  2. Zee
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 04:37:19

    Beautiful photos. The grey day looks like a typical roadie photo from NZ!

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  3. Marie Brown
    Jul 09, 2014 @ 07:42:04

    Terrific pics, Christine. I’ll keep this to show my daughter when she comes over from America at the end of the month. She spent a holiday therewith us a good few years ago now and they’ll bring back memories.

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  4. jorobinson176
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 16:41:50

    Such a beautiful country, and gorgeous song Christine. I hope you’re mending well after your tumble – not nice being sore and bruised.

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    • cicampbell2013
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 20:17:17

      Thank you,Jo. Yes, it is beautiful, isn’t it?
      And, yes, I’m recovering. Saw the doctor today. No internal damage, but a couple of cracked ribs, a couple more badly bruised ribs, plus intercostal swelling and bruising. No wonder I’m sore! 🙂
      Never mind, had a great time on Skye and enjoying CampNaNoWriMo.
      Hope you’re feeling better too, Jo. x

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      • jorobinson176
        Jul 11, 2014 @ 07:54:32

        Ouch, ouch! You’ll have to do a lot of reclining so you can heal – at least you can do lots of writing though. I’m better now – still a bit bemused at the new eating habits though – but far behind with everything again. Life really can interrupt the scribbling so well. 😀 XXXX

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  5. Teagan Kearney
    Jul 12, 2014 @ 20:37:26

    Gorgeous pics, Christine. Sorry to hear about your fall – your attitude towards your injuries is such an example. Glad you had the good weather and are, if slowly, on the mend. Congrats on keeping ahead of your nano goals – and thanks for sharing the song – it’s one of my favourites.

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    • cicampbell2013
      Jul 12, 2014 @ 23:55:26

      Yes, it’s one of my favourites too, Teagan. Yeah, enjoying NaNo and getting better. I’ve had so many falls now, there’s nothing to do but get on with it. There’s no fun in being miserable!
      Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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  6. K. Meador
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 08:22:03

    This is soooooo beautiful and peaceful. I could easily lose myself in the serenity. sigh….

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