Rita meets the Prince

Rita Dix is one of the Gaelic learners in Berneray. Here is a piece which she wrote about meeting Prince Charles when he was on an official visit to Berneray.

Ann an 1985 thàinig am Prionnsa Teàrlach ‘s a Bhana-phrionnsa Diana a Bheàrnaraigh air tadhal oifigeach.

Bha an t-sìde cho garbh nuair a a thàinig dà heilicoptear sìos agus b’ e am Prionnsa Teàrlach aon de na paidhleatan.

Bha ad air Diana ‘s chualas i ag ràdh nach toil leatha ad oirre nuair a bha i gaothach.

Choisich Teàrlach agus Diana, aoighean oifigeail agus muinntir Bheàrnaraigh air fad dhan taigh-sgoile airson cupannan tì no cofaidh, briosgaidean ‘s cèicean.

Chaidh am Prionnsa Teàrlach mu thimcheall an t-seòmair a’ coinneachadh ris a h-uile duine. Bhruidhinn mi ris mu a h-uile rud ‘s rud sam bith. Bha e glè inntinneach a bhruidhinn ris. Bu toil leis an t-Eilean Bheàrnaraigh.

An dèidh a’ phàrtaidh-tì thill Teàrlach agus Diana a dh’ Uibhist a-Tuath. Bha iad a’ fuireach còmhla ris a’ Mhorair Grenville, a bha na cho-ògha na Bàn-rìgh.

Thill am Prionnsa Teàrlach mòran bhliadhnaichean an dèidh sin air turas prìobhaideach, ag ionnsachadh mu chroitearachd. Dh’fhuirich iad còmhla ri Dòmhnall Ailig MacPhilip agus a bhean Gloria. Chuir e buntàta agus chuidich e air a’ chroit.

Bha e glè thoilichte a bhith gun na ‘paparazzi’  a’ coimhead ris a h-uile mionaid dhen latha. (Rita Dix 14 May 2012)

Island Voices - Guthan nan Eilean

The Berneray Gaelic classes led by Alison Dix and Archie Campbell were invited into a neighbour’s house to learn how to make oatcakes in the Hebridean manner. Màiri also spoke about her lifelong connection with Berneray, as well as of her training and work experience on the mainland, and her interest in good homebaking. Getting to eat the oatcakes was an extra bonus – not to mention taking home the recipe!

This 5-minute audio recording of Màiri’s good Berneray Gaelic is overlaid with pictures snapped at the time with a mobile phone. It’s the work of a few minutes to put the two together and place the result online. Now Gaelic learners worldwide can listen again and again – perhaps while making more oatcakes in their own kitchen…

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