Midhope Castle aka Lallybroch

Lights, Camera, Outlander! – Scotland Day 12

The day started bright and early this morning as we had an action packed day planned. I probably owe Candida the first shower tomorrow as I apparently used more than my half of the hot water. Oops. After a quick breakfast, we hit the A9 south towards Stirling where we were meeting one of the Outlander UK girls at our first Outlander filming location of the day.  We arrived right on schedule and found our compatriot with no problems. She led us on a short hike up the hill to a very familiar location to those who have either seen episode 105 – Rent or keep up with Matt B. Roberts’ pictures of the Day.

Next up, we headed over to Culross. Culross is the village used by the Outlander team for the fictional Crainesmuir as well as some of the outdoor garden scenes at Castle Leoch. The Palace itself was closed but we were able to explore the gardens to our heart’s content. We then ventured up cobblestone streets to the house that was used for Geillis and Arthur Duncan’s house. It has scaffolding because they are still in the process of returning the house to its pre-filming color. Continue reading

View over Loch Lomond to Ben Lomond

From singing in the pub to singing in the rain…Days 1 and 2 in Scotland

So last we spoke, I was sitting in the airport waiting to board a flight for Scotland. Let me assure you, this is absolutely the first moment I have been still yet awake in the last 48 hours. I hit the ground running in Glasgow about 1 pm local time yesterday and have only stopped for about 7 hours sleep since! Luckily jet lag doesn’t seem to be an issue. I guess adrenaline can counteract the effects of jet lag.

Let me start with some pre- and during travel photos.

Luckily I had no problems with my connection to Glasgow in Amsterdam. By 1:00 pm local time, I was on the ground in Glasgow. I picked a great time to have a non UK passport. The queue (that’s a line for you Americans) for non-UK was only about 10, while the UK passport line was easily almost 200. After zipping through immigration (thankfully I had the right answers to all the questions), I picked up my luggage and staggered, I mean made, my way to the International Arrivals area where Susan was waiting, quite literally, with open arms.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but how lucky are we that the Outlander fan community is filled with such wonderful and talented people? Susan and I have been online and Skype friends for only months, yet she made it her mission to help me plan to get the most out of my 16 days in Scotland. She patiently put up with my dithering and procrastinating over exactly what things were important to me and even reshuffled things again when it turned out that Candida was going to be able come over as well. It’s nice to have friends with skills and on only day 2, I can more than vouch for Susan’s abilities as a blue-badge tour guide and holiday planner. Continue reading

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Episode 108 – Both Sides Now – The Gàidhlig Bits

Wow. This was a humdinger of an episode! (I use humdinger here for Àdhamh, who does love our Southern colloquialisms.) Too bad we have to wait SIX MONTHS to find out what happens next.  We really must think of some ways to pass the time.  I already have a post in the works on the aforementioned Southern colloquialisms, but I will do my best to also come up with some ways to make sure we don’t lose the Gàidhlig we have picked up over the last 8 episodes.

Speaking of picked up Gàidhlig, how many of you were able to understand most, if not all, of the Gàidhlig this week? Pat yourselves on the back!

7:25 Jamie to Hugh Munro

Madainn mhath - Good morning

Slàinte – health/cheers!

a charaid - friend

18:55 Fight with the Grants

Dougal says something at the end of the fight, but I can’t decipher it.

Angus:  Tulach Ard - Mackenzie war cry

19:52 Jamie to Claire after the fight with the Grants

gràidh – love

23:22 Teaching Claire to fight with a knife

taing dhut – thank you

 sgian-dubh – literally a dark blade

33:45 Scene with the deserters

mo graidh – my love

Mo nighean donn – my brown haired lass

37:35 Jamie to Dougal when leaving for Horrocks meeting

Sèo – Aye.

Well, that’s it. I hope you have enjoyed picking through the Gàidhlig with me for these last 8 weeks. I can’t wait to see what the next half season brings us in April.  Stay tuned to the blog as I’m leaving for a two-week trip to Scotland on Thursday night.  I plan to post from over there as time permits and I can promise lots of pictures. And, you just never know who I might run into!

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Updated 9/25/14 – Episode 107 – The Wedding – The Gàidhlig bits

Well, isn’t it nice to be back to an episode with some Gàidhlig? Oh, and that little other matter of a certain couple getting married. ;-)

While there wasn’t a great deal of Gàidhlig dialogue this week, we did get some great new words as well as repeats of some old favorites. Dare I hope that some of you are starting to recognize and understand some of the more common words and phrases?

11:48 Jamie to Rupert and Angus when they barge in (Thanks to Janice!)

Amadain – Fools

A-mach á seo! – Out of here!

21:01 Jamie to the tavern wench when she gives him food

Taing dhut – Thanks

23:03 Jamie to Claire (We’ve all been waiting for this one!)

Mo nighean donn – My brown-haired lass

34:39 Jame to Claire when she admits to drinking the day of the wedding

Slàinte – health, cheers

39:38 Jamie and Claire’s Blood Vow at the wedding (confirmed by Àdhamh)

‘S tu smior de mo chnàimh, anns mo chuislean ‘s tu ‘n fhuil

Bheir mi dhut-sa mo chorp, gum bith ‘n dithis mar aon

Bheir mi dhut-sa slàn m’ anam, gus an crìochnaich ar saoghal

Literal English translation (colloquially the same as in the book)

You are the marrow in my bones and the blood in my veins

I shall give you my body, that the two might be one

I shall give you whole my soul, until our world ends

45:55 Jamie to Claire after uh hem…

Tha mi ‘n dùil sgàin mo chridhe  – I reckon my heart will burst (colloquial)  I am in expectation that burst will my heart (literal)  (confirmed by Àdhamh)

 

 

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Updated 9/10/14 Episode 105 – Rent – The Gàidhlig bits I could decipher

OK. This week’s episode was just chock full of dramatic Gàidhlig speeches. Unfortunately, many of these words I have not yet covered in my beginning Gàidhlig lessons on Speaking Our Language.  However, I’m going to do my best and luckily friends are making some contributions as well. This post will likely be updated later in the week as I get some confirmations from higher sources. :-)

In Camp teasing Willie

3:11 Ned Gowan explaining to Claire

Cuir do mhogan nad phiuthar – Trust me that phiuthar is sister. The rest would make me blush to type. ;-)

Dougal congratulating Murtagh on his wrestling victory

Sin u fhéin – hard to translate literally but is congratulatory. Something like ‘there, yourself).

8:53 Angus to others after giving Claire the rabbit

Seallaibh oirre – look [y’all] on her, i.e. look at her

Wool waulking

13:50 Beginning the waulking

Leader to women:

Bheil sibh deiseal – Are you ready?

Women answer:

Tha – Yes.

Be sure to note Gàidhlig singer Fiona Mackenzie in this scene. Fiona tweeted this picture of her in costume:

14:00 Singing

Couldn’t catch much of the Gàidhlig other than “Mo Nighean Donn Hò Gù” which is the song they sing. I can’t help but include a clip I took this summer while visiting the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is of a waulking demonstration where we sang a version of this same song.

Here is a more traditional version.

14:49 Refreshment

Slàinte mhath - Good health/Cheers! (one of my favorites because I always recognize it.)

First Tavern Visit

20:00 Dougal’s speech

Teàrlach – Charles

Sasannaich – English (plural)

Second Rent Collecting

20:29 Ned to renters

taing dhut – thanks to you

Ciamar a tha sibh fhéin – How are you?

Torcall – Torquil (It’s a proper name)

Second Tavern 

33:00 Dougal speech

Guma fada beò Stiùbhart – Long live the Stuart.

Ris a clann – to the clan (Thanks to Lori)

Breaking Camp

38:44 Jamie to others

Madainn mhath – Good morning. (another good one to have in your pocket)

Dougal’s speech after finding the men on the crosses

41:10 Dougal addressing people in the tavern

Still awaiting confirmation on this. Stay tuned!

Breakfast in the Inn

46:18 Men eating and insulting Claire

Tha gu dearbh - Yes, indeed

Sgliùrach shalach – filthy slut