Open Plan Office/Hosepipe Ban

The Office

After weeks of sunshine, Northerly winds (cool) and no rain, decisions were made to-day. First of all we moved the office outside and decided that we should ban the use of hosepipes. So no washing  cars or watering the lawn!!!

What a day, very good for catching right up with all the wee jobs and a little paperwork plus calls. On checking the Big Harbour water supply I remembered I’d decided to extend the water treatment shed to accommodate the new tank for the larder, so I banged in the corner posts to start it off  and I will get to finish it soon. It was nice and cool in the forest and lots of grass for the deer.

Watershed

With the hosepipe ban just about to be implemented I thought I would water the vegetable garden, on my way to the ruin I disturbed one of the families of Greylag Geese, the goslings took cover!!

Hide and seek

Been a good year for the birds here, we have quite a few greylag broods, lots of small birds, perhaps the poor weather in the south has pushed them North. There are more swallows than ever plus redpolls, sandpipers and lots of the usual suspects. It is also shaping up to be a good year for sea life, reports to-day from Shieldaig of 200 dolphins off of Gairloch. Maybe they’ll come down here, more tomorrow.

Later in the day we took off to Dry Harbour, the visitors were out at escape so I cut their grass, L was getting Skyescape ready for more photos for Web sites.

Over the sea to Skye

So I took advantage and topped up the batteries, changed the genny oil and filled the fuel tank. After that a few hundred images of inside the cottage later then back to Ronalodge to find the crew of ‘Escapade’ waiting to buy some stores which we were happy to sell them. They had the mooring and the whole harbour to themselves, fingers crossed for a good day tomorrow. I hear that MV Seaflower from Shieldaig is coming midday.

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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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