All Change At Rona

Phoned Paul C at the end of the road tonight to get the info on blogging, Paul was concreting (on a Saturday night!!!!) His ‘Wifey’ said he’d be in later, but I’m not going to bother him he’ll be knackered. Maybe we’ll see him tomorrow then I can get these photos sorted out coz’ they take forever to load and it’s doing my head.

So, here we go. Saturday in May on Rona is usually a changeover day. What happens here is not just quite like the mainland, the ferry departs Portree 8.30am gets to Rona, unloads then leaves at 10.30am. I’m left with three sets of guests wanting in! But L has to sort and clean them out so they have to wait. That is the tricky bit but we have a wee competition where the visitors can clean the cottage and if it reaches L’s standard she’ll ok it for a draw to give one of our years guests a free holiday. It helps us and  I guess a free holiday on Rona is a good prize.

The New Arrivals enjoying tea and a beer.

Flat calm to-day, which is always a bonus, no whales on the trips but reports of them off Dry harbour from MV Kestrel later in the day.

Changeover went well, thanks Kevin and Jean, Sam and Bena, the new guests had a tea outside Rona lodge and cooked in the sun. Before heading over the hill to their cottages.

After lunch and a read of last weeks WHFpress/Ross Shire Journal it was over to the west side to sort the sheep’s escape route. A quick rub down and coat of paint on the dinghy was interrupted by visitors from Portree whom I saw later down the pontoon. By this time it must have been 25 degrees, they were swimming but not for long, the water was still pretty Baltic. Calum MacA said it was 10 degrees last night!! Not warm by any means.

Portree Wake boarders.

Finally before wineoclock I delivered some stores to the cottages, checked the power, water and fuel supplies and just to finish the day I put together a wee fleet of creels (pots) better in the water than in the shed!

Ready to go

Final count tonight, 5 yachts in, I see Doctor MacDonald from Portree/Camus Tianavaig has just arrived, thank you Yacht ‘Ocean Lord’ for your support, don’t know about the rest (yet).

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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