Unstoppable Train!!!

There are no railways on Rona, not even cars/roads but sometimes, especially summer time it feels as if we are on an unstoppable train.

To-day started slowly after the supper club, it was a late night. I wanted to cut up (butcher) the carcase hanging in the chill, no problem there, done it hundreds of times before. Everything going well until David and Muriel Banks came up to say cheerio. I came out of the larder and heard the alarms, from then on the train left the station. 25degrees and a chill that has just failed with a 170 lb carcase (minus a cut or two) hanging. It was a race against time. L was summoned and we got the best cuts done. With the chill coming back on line then tripping out, but thanks to Rudy of AER refrig who was very good at advising on what to do we got there.

The Misbehaving Chill

I’d promised our visitors a trip to see the whales and wildlife but cancelled midday due to the cooling problems. I shot over to Dry Harbour around 12.30 to re-schedule. The weather then was very summery. Told the guys 4ish and that was our timescale

From Escape House

Needless to say we got sorted and were ready at 4.30pm. We got our crew on board and finished the day with a trip out to Kyle Rona, Dhu Chamasand round Garbh Eilean.

Getting grey

It rained, which was good for our water supply but not for the crew. However we saw 1 Minke (briefly), lots of stags, sea birds and the most beautiful colours, I enjoyed it all  and I think our crew did too.  Lets hope tomorrow is a bit more relaxed.

 

 

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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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