Training Day

Another beautiful calm start to the day. I have a few creels, I have been told we are hobby fishers. we fish for a few crab, lobster (an endangered species about these parts) and prawns. We like to take the visitors out on the MV Rona to see the creels coming up and usually once a week we have a boat trip. The boat is fully licensed and carries 6 + me. But I’m still learning! So when I heard Torridon Sea Tours were coming with day trip visitors to-day I was keen to have Kenny show me (again) the spots to go to , the spots and other fishers gear, to avoid. Kenny has fished here most of his life and it was very interesting hearing about where and how he had fished around here and how his forefathers and Skye fishermen fished in the old days.

So midday to-day we had an hour out in Kyle Rona looking at creels, mud and some more creels. Very interesting and helpful. Back to Base to check if Gemma, Kenny’s daughter and partner in the Tours was organised with the sea food lunch that the guests always enjoy. All was well so off to our own lunch, a favourite ‘Cullen Skink’.Image

Once the day trippers had left I got stuck into the concreting in the garden, in the middle of it the visitors from Dry Harbour arrived looking for bottles of wine, thirsty work having a holiday. Around about 7 ish I finished having run out of cement, 1 bag would have done it but you cannot nip out to B&Q here so I’ll be on the phone to Kevin for some more.

Concrete Garden

There is a Dry Stone waller coming Saturday, weather permitting. He is repairing the wall in the garden that the rain washed out. So I’m keen to get the garden in order so that he is not standing on the toma toes.

It was a bit breezy this evening and no yachts in but just when we thought we would have a blank night in the bay this yacht arrived, it looks like a live aboard, I think it might be called ‘Rusty’!!!

Yacht Rusty!!!!!!

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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