Olly The Octopus

What a beautiful morning, not too bright perfect for checking the few creels we have, 1 fleet had been out since a fortnight. 2 weeks of Northerly swell (maybe more in fact) had meant it was impossible to get to. But to-day it was not too bad just a couple of feet high and slow. First thing I picked out of a creel was an octopus, quite a big one but not the biggest I’ve had. The fishing was ok a few squats and the odd prawn. Just as I was about to finish the swell turned me and the creel rope went in both props’. 20 minutes later I was free to go and shoot the rest of the fleet, I’d had enough so I went in.

Here’s Olly before his return to the deep. He climbed out of the bucket, then tried to get over the side so I thought it about time he went back!!!!!



As I was heading in ‘Yacht Silver Bear’ left for the Outer Hebridies (I think). Hope they enjoyed their venison?

The rest of the day was a blur as we get ready for the changeover at our holiday cottages, 2 sets of guests coming 1 leaving. with a joiner and his partner coming to put in the new window in the Lodge tomorrow. So a busy week-end ahead. Plus the call to sort the central heating in our biggest cottage ‘Escape’. Our friends Jennie and Laurie ex Yacht Rona, were having a cold week over in Dry Harbour. It turned out with working on the CH earlier in the week we had switched off Zone 2, the hall which heats the whole house. Nothing to worry about but better to get it fixed for the honeymoon couple coming to it Monday .

Just another day!!


About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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