Scraped Bottoms

Here we go again, after 11pm and blogging!! That is the way it is on Rona, busy, busy.

First thing this morning prawns to deliver to ‘Escape Cottage’ for the honeymoon couple, I got ambushed on the pontoon by John from Yacht Takara, looking for his dinner. So some prawns to him, with cooking instructions. I happened to see a message on the lid of the box from Yacht Pacesetter telling us how to kill slugs in the Polytunnel. Ground coffee it seems is the thing, thanks for that.

Then it was onto scraping the bottom of MV Rona. When I took Kevin and Hatty to the Vet in Portree on Sunday the boat would barely get up on the plane, so I guessed it was time to clean the hull. Kevin offered as recompense for my time on Sunday night, I could not refuse and the barnacles did not let us down. We spent the day at it and had it cleaned and half painted with anti fouling (we ran out) by 4 o’clock. I took K home to his cottage Seascape and spent some time with Hatty. She had been in the sea to-day so was a bit ‘itchy’.

Just as we finished four kayakers from the Joint Services Outdoor unit arrived for a night in our bunkhouse. It was 4 years since they were here and it was good to see them again. They were pleased to see the Bothy was now a Bunkhouse and all renovated.  They had been out for a few days and were keen to get showers and everything dried out, it is ideal for that and with the good weather they were sorted pretty quick.

Finishing up for the day we were having our meal when one after another three yachts arrived. The mooring was taken by Yacht Solus all the way from Largs (but, not to-day), another motor sailor and our good friend Ronan Martin on Yacht Aysling, his pride and joy.

So we had as busy an end to the day as a beginning and Ronan has just gone back to his boat, I’m off to bed, cheers.

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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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