Change Over

Saturday is the busiest day during the season, even without the forecast for strong Northerlies hanging over us, but waking up this morning and making the coffee it was encouraging to see the trees were still and the blind stag feeding at the back of Rona Lodge.

The Blind Stag

Then it was up ready and waiting for Kevin’s E.T.A. 10.15am text came so all hands on deck for the changeover. The luggage did not amount to much but this week we had some extras!


It looks calm but the sea was pretty rough and the two couples coming out had a bit of rock’n’roll!! There was not the wind that was forecast but 6 weeks of Northerlies, wind against tide and easterly winds all added up to a good ‘jabble’.

Not too good for the stomach though especially after Effie Nicholson’s ample breakfast (B&B at Almonbank, Portree). It was a pretty grey day but we got the cottages changed, the visitors in and all sorted by 12.30. Then it was back to Base to read the mail and papers, quite exciting as it was a week ago we had mail. Our new mincer arrived to-day, pretty heavy duty but not packed very well so we are suspicious that it may have suffered on its journey. we will see.

The New Mincer

We’ve been using cheap mincers but they are struggling a bit . We deal with Weschenfelder who supply all sorts of meat processing things, they are good to deal with and the mincer we bought is semi professional.

After lunch I was on the phone outside the house when Oyster catchers came running up the track to where I was sitting, they had two chicks with them which they lost in the grass they then spent 15 minutes in a panic trying to find them they were very noisy and very interesting to see. Later in the day I found the Mother? by the ruin/garden keeping the two chicks warm under her wings. I finished the concrete in the garden I started on Thursday as Kevin brought some more cement. Once that was done all that was left was to deliver the fish, salad and prawns to the holiday visitors. Just another changeover day!!

The Distraught Parents

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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