We bought a new sausage stuffer many weeks ago from Weschenfelder. Once the stalking season starts we will have a lot of minced venison from the off cuts. So to-day was sausage stuffing trial day, with new mixes, new sausage skins and of course the new machine to try out, But first of all I needed to check the creels.

First thing this morning it was calm so I shot out to lift the lobster/crab creels and check them out. As you can see the catch was pretty small, but we are only fishing a few creels for the pot, thank goodness Portree has a supermarket.

Catch of The Day

After some pretty full on days lately it was good then to tidy everything up and put things back in place so that we can find them next time, that took half the afternoon then it was on to the sausages.

We had some minced beef and venison in the freezer so once it was defrosted we put it together with oatmeal, seasoning, spices and water. hey presto, sausages. The sheep casing skins we used were a bit thin but after a call to Damien at Weschenfelder we were up to date with how to process them. With a little bit of practice I guess we could turn out a few kilo’s in a day.

After watching the news then a bit of Springwatch tonight it is hard to believe we have had no rain for weeks, the grass is turning yellow and the ground is peeling away from the rock, so I think I will be checking the wells  first thing.

This is the first blog before 10pm for a long time and with a full programme on the cards tomorrow. It will be good to get an early night. .I’m off to bed.



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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